SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam Receive National innovation Award


Mary Dolan, shared assistant VP for human resources, Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor and CFO of SUNY, Natalie Higley, shared VP for administration, and Calvin Smith, shared director of environmental health & safety.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has chosen SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to receive the 2013 Innovation Award for their shared service achievements.
The award recognizes higher education institutions for demonstrating excellence in process improvements and resource enhancements. Under the leadership of joint Vice President Natalie L. Higley, the two Colleges have realized significant administrative efficiencies and financial savings by sharing services and positions. Higley accepted the award at the NACUBO annual meeting in July.

“I am honored to have been nominated by Brian Hutzley, SUNY vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer, for this prestigious award,” said Higley. “This is a major recognition for the team involved in the shared services between the two campuses, and without their tireless work and dedication, the achievements we have made would not have been possible.”

The two colleges are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

“We could not be prouder of all the staff involved who worked so hard to make this an award-winning program,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman.

“This national award is a fitting recognition of the innovative collaboration that has taken place between SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton in sharing resources, personnel and expertise,” said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.

To ensure continued success of the program for the next several years, the two presidents recently signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with a focus on transparency and collaboration. The agreement also ensures that measurable indicators of success will be in place to guarantee ongoing evaluation of service quality and impact on each campus.


NACUBO is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and around the world. NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service and professional development activities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor's degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College's 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.