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Business school dean steps down

— Dr. Raymond Guydosh, dean of the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics, has announced that he will leave the post at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year in order to return to teaching.

A national search will be launched shortly for his replacement.

Guydosh, who arrived at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1976 as an assistant professor of business, received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in management from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellow University. He has held the deanship in interim and associate capacities three different times: as interim from January 2004 through August 2005 and January 2009 through June 2011; associate dean for five months in 2008. He became the dean July 1, 2011, when he became a full professor.

Single Department Evolves into SBE

When Guydosh arrived at SUNY Plattsburgh, the business and economics programs consisted of a single academic department in the division of arts and sciences with about a dozen faculty housed in the old Champlain Valley Hospital annex.

“Today, we have a School of Business and Economics with 11 separate degree programs and more than 40 faculty in six academic departments plus our Small Business Development Center,” Guydosh said.

The SBE received accreditation in January 2002 from the AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — the premier accrediting agency for schools of business.

“Accreditation was just a dream with little chance of realization when I first arrived,” Guydosh said. “Eventually, we became the first of the SUNY comprehensive colleges to achieve that distinction and were among the last programs world-wide to have received a 10-year term of accreditation before that option was discontinued.”

Guydosh received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for University Service and has held a host of positions in the SBE, including chair of the management department, director of the international business program and chair of the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program. He has chaired the Plattsburgh Faculty Senate three different three-year terms, served on various senate committees, was presiding officer of the faculty for one term, was a representative to SUNY University Faculty Senate for more than six years and was the academic vice president of the United University Professions SUNY Plattsburgh Chapter for one term.

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