President Poskanzer to Lead Downtown Northfield Forum

September 29, 2010

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) will host newly inaugurated Carleton College President Steven G. Poskanzer at its October Downtown Forum on Tuesday, October 5, beginning 8 a.m., in the Riverview Conference Room (lower level) of the historic Archer House River Inn, 212 Division Street.

Poskanzer began active duty at Carleton on August 2, and was installed as Carleton's 11th president on September 25. He comes to Carleton after serving for the past 12 years in the SUNY system, the New York state system of higher education that encompasses 64 campuses. Since 2001, he served as president of the SUNY-New Paltz campus.

Poskanzer is a native of upstate New York; he grew up in Cortland, New York (home of the Cortland apple and a community very similar in size and atmosphere to Northfield), where his father was a Distinguished Service Professor of Health Education at the SUNY-Cortland campus. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, later receiving his JD from the Harvard University School of Law.

Poskanzer recognizes the important relationship between the college and the community, noting, “We understand and value how the College’s and the Town’s futures are always linked.” He also believes it is important to “Be Local…Buy Local,” adding “Let’s all build a great future for our community by shopping locally, and taking full advantage of the cultural, historic, and recreational opportunities in our home town.” A college town “is the best place to live,” he adds. “And I'm excited to get to know Northfield.”

Poskanzer is married to Dr. Jane Nofer Poskanzer, a clinical child psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis of autism and related disabilities. The Poskanzers have two children, Jill and Craig.

The NDDC is a non-partisan, non-profit community organization dedicated to the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Northfield. The event is free and open to the public. As always, coffee and cookies will be served.

For more information, contact Executive Director Ross Currier at (507) 663-0319 or