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Alfred State College's president replaced two of the school's vice presidents in an administrative reshuffling that caught some faculty by surprise this week.

Alfred State President Uma G. Gupta has replaced James J. Grillo, the vice president for administration and enrollment management, and Karla M. Back, the vice president for academic affairs, both of whom will take faculty positions.

Gupta announced the moves Wednesday.

The chairman of Alfred State's Faculty Senate said the announcement surprised him and many of his peers. He said he plans to call a special senate session to discuss the changes.

Gupta said Grillo and Back weren't fired. She said both agreed it was a good time for them to return to teaching, though ultimately she made the decision to replace them.

She would not provide details on why she made the moves.

Gupta, previously dean of a technology college in Houston, took over as Alfred State's president in summer 2003.

Grillo and Back did not respond to requests for comment.

Grillo has been at Alfred State for 33 years in a variety of teaching and administrative positions. Gupta named him vice president for administration and enrollment management last fall in a move that she said both she and Grillo viewed as temporary.

Deborah S. Putnam, currently earning $85,000 as vice president for information technologies, will serve as the new vice president for administration. Valerie Nixon, director of student financial services, will serve as the new vice president for enrollment management.

Robert Albrecht, currently the chair of the department of English and humanities, will take Back's vice presidential job.


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