Buffalo State College President Going on Sick Leave Due to Cancer

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Buffalo State College President Going on Sick Leave Due to Cancer

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - In a letter to students and faculty, Buffalo State College President Aaron Podolefsky announced he will be going on sick leave, effectively immediately, due to his cancer diagnosis.

Podolefsky's Statement:

"Dear Students,

I hope you had a successful end to your spring semester classes at Buffalo State and you had a great academic year, which was certainly filled with a number of exciting activities, outstanding achievements by many of you, and significant progress around campus.

With Commencement 2013 wrapped up and the summer session under way, I’d like to share some important news with you. Some of you may be aware that I first announced my cancer diagnosis to the campus community nearly two years ago. Since then, I’ve been undergoing treatment to address this health issue. It’s been a challenging journey. I’ve reached a point with the demands of treatment that I now need to place my entire focus on my overall health and well-being.

After careful consideration and extensive discussion with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, I will be going on sick leave, effectively immediately. I greatly appreciate Chancellor Zimpher’s complete support and understanding of this decision to give my full attention to my health. A determination on an interim president will be made in the near future. Provost Dennis Ponton will serve in the leadership capacity until the interim president term begins.

The warm, caring and supportive campus community at Buffalo State has been remarkable throughout my illness. Your continued thoughts, prayers and encouragement will give me great peace of mind in the time ahead.

Buffalo State is much more than an educational institution of excellence, it is a place filled with wonderful people. I’m exceptionally proud to be your president and to be a part of such a kindhearted community.

Have an enjoyable and safe summer. Three cheers for Buffalo State!

With warmest regards,

Buffalo State President Aaron Podolefsky"

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