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President Stephen C. Ainlay

President Stephen C. Ainlay

A final year of service

President Stephen C. Ainlay has announced that he will step down as president at the end of the upcoming academic year, completing 12 years of service to the College.

“It’s truly been a privilege serving as president of this historic institution,” Ainlay said. “Union is a remarkable place. My wife, Judith, and I are grateful for the support we’ve received from trustees, faculty, students, staff and alumni over the years. While we have a hard time thinking of life without this wonderful campus community, we are both confident the College is in a strong position going forward and that this is the right time to pass the baton.”

Ainlay became the 18th president in 2006. He also serves as the chancellor of Union University, whose member institutions include the Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy and the Dudley Observatory.

In his years as president, Ainlay has worked to secure Union’s place as a leading institution with liberal arts and engineering, where outstanding students get a deep and broad education that integrates and redefines fields of learning.

He has overseen two strategic plans that have advanced the College’s initiatives in admissions, development, sustainability, community service, diversity and inclusion.




President Stephen C. Ainlay speaks in Boston, where he announced the You Are Union campaign had topped $250 million.

Science and Engineering groundbreaking ceremony

Science and Engineering groundbreaking ceremony

Union has become the school of choice for many of the nation’s top students. It has steadily grown its applicant pool to the largest ever this past year, resulting in the most selective admissions process in history. Union is now the most diverse and global it has ever been.

John E. Kelly III ’76, chairman of the board of trustees, praised Ainlay’s leadership in a note to the Union community.

“We have revitalized our campus infrastructure, and work will continue on the integrated science and engineering complex. We’ve seen record interest in Union, as evidenced by applications and early decision requests. Our reputation continues to grow.”




Presidential Green Grant recepients

The Kelly Adirondack Center

He also expressed gratitude to the president and his wife, Judith, for their service.

 “Union is incredibly well positioned to lead higher education and prepare our students for an increasingly global, complex and technological world. I am confident that we will attract another great leader to become Union’s 19th president.”

Kelly appointed Trustee Kelly Williams ’86 to chair a national search committee.




President Ainlay at his final Union Convocation

President Ainlay at his final Union Convocation

President Stephen Ainlay speaks to Prof. Brennan's Union College history class.