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Kermit Hall, president at Albany, dies at 61

University at Albany President Kermit L. Hall, a scholar of American constitutional, legal and judicial history, died Aug. 13 in South Carolina. He was 61.

He took office on Feb. 1, 2005, after serving as president and professor of history at Utah State University for four years.

“As leader of the University at Albany, President Hall brought to that institution a drive for academic excellence, a commitment to enhancing campus life, and an understanding of the University’s global role,” said Thomas F. Egan, chairman of the Board of Trustees, The State University of New York. “Kermit’s tragic death is a tremendous loss for the University at Albany, the State University of New York and higher education in our nation.”

For Hall, strengthening the undergraduate experience as well as internationalism were priorities. China was a special focus and he planned to host a SUNY meeting with representatives from Nanjing University.

“Kermit Hall was a distinguished scholar and mentor to students and faculty alike who, as president for far too short a time, made enormous contributions to the academic advances of the University at Albany,” State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan said.

“I enjoyed working with Dr. Hall very much,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur said. “Kermit Hall was a valued colleague both throughout New York and the nation.”

Before serving as president at Utah State, Hall was the provost and vice president for academic affairs and a professor of history at North Carolina State University and held positions at The Ohio State University.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08