Instagram Combined Shape quotation Created with Sketch. 69
Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

SUNY Potsdam Marks 205 Years with ‘Charter the Path’ Day of Giving to Support Students

March 25, 2021

In Honor of 205th Anniversary of SUNY Potsdam’s Founding, College Works to Support Students with Charter the Path Initiative 

Two hundred and five years to the day since the New York State Board of Regents signed the charter for St. Lawrence Academy in Potsdam, N.Y., its predecessor institution is marking the occasion by reflecting on the past and building support for its next generation of students. 

“It is an honor to see, firsthand, the vision of our founders being realized through the dedication of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, even amidst hardships,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg. 

This year’s Charter Day celebration coincides with a unique moment in history, as the campus continues to persist amid the pandemic. Over the past year, the campus community has overcome much adversity and continued to uphold SUNY Potsdam’s academic mission and commitment to the community. 

“Our resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the continued strength, unity and perseverance that the College and its campus community members have exhibited since the beginning. Together, we are building upon our historic foundation as we continue on in our third century of excellence,” said Esterberg. 

Charter the Path prioritizes support through the Fund for Scholarships, which lessens the financial burdens many students face when paying for the cost of attendance. Donors may also support any annual fund of their choice during Charter the Path. 

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam history, visit

For more information about giving and other ways to support students, visit

About SUNY Potsdam: 
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

For Media Inquiries

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke 315-267-2918

General News