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Utica Observer-Dispatch: Merger between SUNYIT, Albany NanoCollege possible

Utica Observer-Dispatch

SUNYIT might merge with Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Details are murky, but minutes of a Dec. 5 meeting of the SUNYIT College Council show the group unanimously approved a resolution formally endorsing a proposed merger between the two schools.

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SUNYIT might merge with Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Details are murky, but minutes of a Dec. 5 meeting of the SUNYIT College Council show the group unanimously approved a resolution formally endorsing a proposed merger between the two schools.

The Albany college, also part of the SUNY system, already is partnered with SUNYIT on the $1.5 billion Computer Chip Commercialization Center at the Marcy campus. The NanoCollege also has stepped up as the developer of the parcel in Marcy being marketed as a nanotechnology manufacturing site.

“The SUNY board recently approved the separation of CNSE from the University of Albany, which makes this the right time for a merger with SUNYIT,” the minutes read.

Alain Kaloyeros, NanoCollege senior vice president and CEO, said in an email that “in terms of the final structure of CNSE, we are in the midst of the process that was established by the SUNY Board of Trustees to make CNSE part of a new SUNY degree granting institution.

“With nanotechnology growing rapidly in the Mohawk Valley, there are many synergies between CNSE and SUNYIT; however, any more formal relationship than what already exists is at the sole discretion of the trustees.”

SUNYIT Acting President Robert Geer also pointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees process.

“SUNYIT and CNSE have established a tremendous partnership which has dramatically benefited the Mohawk Valley and New York State as whole,” he said in an emailed statement. “Naturally, the ongoing discussions of a more formal relationship between the two institutions are all-encompassing and are including the many stakeholders and partners at both institutions including faculties, staff, students, etc. But, of course, the final determinations and decisions rest with the SUNY Board of Trustees.”

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