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New SUNY ESF President settles in on campus

When students return for the start of the spring semester at SUNY ESF on Monday, they will have more than a new course load on campus.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - When students return for the start of the spring semester at SUNY ESF on Monday, they will have more than a new course load on campus.

Quentin Wheeler has taken over as SUNY ESF’s President for Neil Murphy, who served the school for over a decade.

"I think the thing that strikes you first at ESF is the sense of purpose,” Wheeler said. “There's a focus, a sense of community, this dedication to making the world a little bit better."

Wheeler said the vision, purpose and work going on at ESF are crucial for solving the environmental problems facing the world today. He believes the best approach to solving the issues is to take a cross-discipline approach.

"One of the first things we're going to do is as a faculty and also with colleagues around the country is take a hard look at what are the greatest sustainability challenges and which of those is ESF prepared to take on," Wheeler said.

There's no shortage of projects and work being done at ESF, but Wheeler said one of the challenges for the school is to engage the public into the various things they're doing.

"That's something else that attracted me to ESF. They have done a tremendous job,” Wheeler said. “Syracuse, I think, is emerging as a model city of how a city reconceives itself in a more sustainable fashion.”

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