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Conway-Turner to be inaugurated ninth president of Buff State

Katherine S. Conway-Turner has been on the job since August as the ninth president of SUNY Buffalo State College.

She greeted new students and their families on campus move-in day in late office and gave her first report to the College Council earlier this month.

This afternoon, the college will hold its formal celebration of Conway-Turner’s taking charge of the campus of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the second-largest four-year school in Western New York.

The inauguration of Conway-Turner, 61, is expected to draw more than 700 guests, including Lieutenant Gov. Robert Duffy, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Conway-Turner, a psychologist, was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood College in Frederick, Md. prior to her appointment in June by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

She had served from 2004 to 2009 as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Geneseo.

“I was drawn to the diversity and the sense of social responsibility at Buffalo State,” Conway-Turner told The News in a recent interview.

Conway-Turner is married to Dr. Alvin L. Turner, a private-practice psychologist. They have three daughters.