For Immediate Release—Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo President Receives Honorary Degree

GENESEO, N.Y.— Christopher C. Dahl, president of the State University of New York at Geneseo, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Eastern Connecticut State University during the college's 116th commencement May 20 in Willimantic, Conn.

Geneseo and Eastern are members of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national advocacy group for liberal arts education. Dahl is a former president of COPLAC.

Eastern honored Dahl for his leadership at Geneseo, which has resulted in national recognition for the institution. A resolution cited Dahl's major accomplishments, which include: a major review and enhancement of the college's general education curriculum; the establishment of a collegewide Commission on Diversity and Community to foster a more welcoming community on campus; and the creation of strategic partnerships with several area institutions of higher education which have led to renewed community engagement and service learning opportunities for Geneseo students.

In addition, the resolution noted Dahl's leadership as COPLAC president; his strong advocacy for public liberal arts education; his work advising the New York State Regents Task Force on Teaching; and his leadership of the national Project 30 Alliance.

Dahl currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities and as chair of Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of 19 colleges and universities.

Connecticut State University (CSU) Chancellor David Carter, CSU Trustee Brian Sullivan and Eastern's Executive Vice President Michael Pernal presented the degree to Dahl.