CANTON Though there has been some resistance to the idea of shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, both colleges hired Patrick S. Massaro, a Massena native, as veterans affairs officer.
It was the first joint hire for the two campuses, SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller said.
This hire is particularly important because it provides concrete advantages to our students and to a particular group of students, veterans, he said. We were happy to make the announcement today, the day after Memorial Day.
Mr. Massaro is a good fit for the newly created position of veterans and military services coordinator.
This is a great opportunity for me to give back to both col leges and to those that have served and to the families of those that have served, Mr. Massaro said in a Tuesday press release.
He will serve as a liaison for military families and advise on-campus veterans organizations, said William J. Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation at SUNY Canton, who sat on the search committee.
Weve made great strides accommodating our veterans at SUNY Canton, and we will continue to do so, he said. Now we have the added help of Patrick, who will be the designated contact to advance our services. Hes very motivated and energetic. We look forward to his fresh ideas and innovation. We are certain he will hit the ground running to provide veterans the services that they deserve at both campuses.
Mr. Schwaller said that if it werent for the prospect of a joint hire, SUNY Potsdam was unlikely to bring a veterans affairs officer on this year.
Yes, we have thought about it at various times in the past, but it was a question of funding and the amount of time that the individual might spend in the position, he said. When the opportunity came to share the position with SUNY Canton, we jumped at it.
The veterans affairs position is the first position to be created from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdams and SUNY Cantons Campus Alliance Network.
Mr. Massaro graduated in 2003 from SUNY Canton and in 2005 from SUNY Potsdam. The Massena Central High School graduate then served in the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He now holds the rank of captain in the Marine Reserves. Most recently, he completed his master of science degree in sports administration while working as the director of hockey operations at Canisius College in Buffalo.
The SUNY system has emphasized shared services between campuses in close proximity to each other, including the Canton and Potsdam campuses, as a way to cut administrative costs. This included recommendations to SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton that they share presidents and chief financial officers. Those proposals were rejected by each campuss college council, but both institutions continue to look for opportunities to combine services.
Earlier this year, SUNY Central requested that the universities continue to look at shared services while it waits for a report from Mr. Schwaller and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, due to the SUNY chancellors office by July 15.