ALBANY -- A new interim president has been appointed for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, just three weeks after the resignation of former president Alain Kaloyeros.
Bahgat Sammakia was named interim president of the Albany-and Utica-based SUNY Poly on Thursday, after serving as the vice president for research at Binghamton University since 2010.
He will fill the spot left behind by Kaloyeros who resigned on Oct. 11 after being charged on Sept. 22 in a state and federal corruption case involving nine other state officials and upstate developers.
Sammakia’s appointment takes effect on or around Dec. 1, according to a statement from SUNY Poly.
“The Board of Trustees is proud to have identified such a qualified candidate and extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Sammakia for his dedication to SUNY and his commitment to leading this world class institution,” SUNY Board of Trustees chairman H. Carl McCall said in a statement.
Sammakia was noted as a internationally recognized scholar in electronic systems integration and packaging.
“I look forward to meeting and working with SUNY Poly’s talented faculty, staff, and students, as well as our partners in government and industry, as we continue to move the college forward,” Sammakia said in a statement.
Before joining the field of higher education, Sammakia spent 14 years working for IBM in various management positions.
SUNY Poly under Kaloyeros became the engine for most of upstate's economic-development projects under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany.