For Immediate Release—Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tony Hoppa
Assistant Vice President for Communications
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Hires George F. Stooks as
Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning

GENESEO, N.Y.—George F. Stooks has joined the State University of New York at Geneseo as assistant vice president for facilities and planning.

Stooks emerged as the leading candidate in a national search. "George brings decades of experience and expertise in facilities management gained through his career with the United States Navy and the SUNY System," said Kenneth H. Levison, vice president for administration and finance. "He offers proven leadership that will allow Geneseo to continue to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff."

As one of four members on the vice president's senior staff, Stooks is charged with leading the department's strategic focus and creative direction. He will directly oversee the departments of facilities services, facilities planning and construction, and environmental health and safety. Stooks' responsibilities cover a wide range of duties, from facilities operations and building maintenance to employee development. 

"I hope to make a contribution to facilities and planning and the College as a whole worthy of the campus' reputation that drew me to apply," Stooks said. "I look forward to becoming part of the Geneseo campus community and beginning this new chapter in my life and career."

Stooks comes to Geneseo well-seasoned in the SUNY system. Previously, he served as director of facilities management and operations at SUNY Oswego, where he started his career in higher education as trades manager in 1987. Over the next 20 years, he was promoted to various positions of increasing responsibility at Oswego, including assistant director of physical plant and interim director of physical plant.

He currently serves as president of the SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association.

Earlier in his career, Stooks worked as a leading petty officer in the United States Navy and with major power generating stations at the Betchel Power Corporation in California.

Stooks earned an associate of applied science degree in machine tool technology from Mira Costa Community College in California, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from SUNY Oswego.

In addition, Stooks is actively engaged in a variety of civic activities. He has served as a member of the planning board in the town of Scriba, NY, and of the Oswego County Habitat for Humanity board of directors.


This release was written by Dan Skahen, a junior communication major from Newburgh, N.Y. interning in the Office of Communications and Publications this semester.