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Colorful SUNY Poly leader Alain Kaloyeros is expected to face charges in a federal bribery/kickback probe, newspapers report.

SUNY leadership and its Student Assembly issued the following statements:

Statement by SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher:

“It is imperative that any charges brought against SUNY Poly President Alain E. Kaloyeros today do not distract from the educational mission, ground-breaking research, and academic operation of SUNY Polytechnic Institute or negatively impact the thousands of students, faculty, researchers, and staff that the campus serves.

“Effective immediately and until this matter is resolved, Dr. Kaloyeros has been suspended without pay. SUNY will review the charges against Dr. Kaloyeros and cooperate fully with prosecutors on any further action as state and federal investigations continue.

“In order to ensure a seamless leadership transition for the entire campus community, we are directing executive staff at SUNY System Administration, under the leadership of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, to collectively serve in an officer-in-charge capacity for the campus until an individual can be appointed.”

Statement by SUNY Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright:

“We had a productive meeting today with the executive team from SUNY Poly. We all agree that maintaining a stable environment on campus, for students, faculty, and staff must continue to be our top priority.

“This is an unexpected leadership transition and we are thankful for the continued patience and support of the SUNY Poly community. We will be engaging with students and faculty moving forward, as well as our partners at Empire State Development, in the community, and throughout business and industry, to ensure that the good work SUNY Poly does on behalf of the state is uninterrupted.

“The college’s academic and research programs continue to excel. SUNY Poly’s commitment to its industry partners, stakeholders, and tenants is unwavering. The State University of New York remains committed to achieving the tremendous vision and potential of SUNY Poly.”

Statement by SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Marc J. Cohen:

“The news of charges being filed against SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros is of great disappointment to the students of the SUNY system. SUNY is defined by academic excellence and great student experiences – not corruption. The Student Assembly is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best education possible, under the best leadership available. We will work actively with Chancellor Zimpher and Chairman McCall to ensure that the students attending SUNY Polytechnic are not adversely affected by any of the events that ensue.”