With an almost 30-year higher education career, Dr. Timothy E. Sams was recently appointed president of The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury, the Board of Trustees announced.
Sams currently serves as the vice president of student affairs for Prairie View A&M University but has also held positions at Morehouse College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Swarthmore College.
Throughout his career, Sams was responsible for opening the Student Life Office at New York University-Abu Dhabi and the establishment of the first ROTC Center of Excellence in the United States. He also worked to create on-campus resources for LGBTQ+ students and established an experiential learning program in Ghana, West Africa, according to SUNY Old Westbury.
He will begin his new role on Jan. 11, 2021.
“SUNY Old Westbury benefits from an engaged faculty, a community who cares for its students and stakeholders who fully understand the educational gem that it is and can further become,” said Sams in a statement. “Together with them and with support from the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the College Council, we will continue to elevate the college and thereby transform even more students’ lives and impact the world. I cannot wait to get to work.”