W. Hubert Keen, PhD, was appointed President of Farmingdale
State College on January 11, 2007 after serving as Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs since February 2005. He served from
1999 to 2005 as Special Assistant to the System Provost in the
State University of New York where he was responsible for
system-wide initiatives in the areas of teacher education and
University System collaborations with the K-12 schools. He was
liaison for the SUNY system to the New York City public schools and
led the development of the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center in
the city. Prior to joining System Administration, he served as
Interim President at SUNY College at Old Westbury, and from 1994 to
1998 he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at York
College in the City University of New York.
Dr. Keen began his career in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Biological Science at SUNY Cortland and served for twelve years as Associate Professor, Professor, Coordinator of the Environmental Science Program and, from 1983 to 1988, as Chair of the Department of Biological Science. He then served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Cortland for six years, until 1994. His teaching and research areas are in ecology, environmental science, evolutionary biology, aquatic biology and biostatistics. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the SUNY Research Foundation and other agencies, yielding more than twenty refereed research papers in population biology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology. He is also the author of several short biographies of prominent figures in science, technology and education as well as articles on various topics in higher education.
Dr. Keen has been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the German Academic Exchange Service. He earned the B.A. in Biology and German from Pikeville College in Kentucky, his M.S. in physiological ecology from Eastern Kentucky University and a PhD from Kent State University in ecology.