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Questions remain over resignation of SUNY Potsdam president

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POTSDAM, N.Y. -- A day after the surprise announcement that SUNY Potsdam president John Schwaller will be stepping down, State Senator Patty Ritchie says there are still some unanswered questions.

So far, the college has been tight lipped about what played into the decision by Schwaller. A SUNY spokesperson in Albany also said that they have no comment on why the decision was made.

As of July, neither college in Potsdam or Canton will have a permanent president. SUNY Canton's president stepped down last year amidst talks of a shared presidency between the two colleges. Senator Ritchie says she is working to block that.

"I have the bill out there that would require all the college campuses to have their own president and if that’s what's really behind this with SUNY central, when I get back to Albany, I'll be pushing that bill," said State Senator Patty Ritchie.

As of now, SUNY has not given Canton the go ahead to search for a new president and they would not comment on when the search would begin at Potsdam. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP