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      SUNY officials speak out about continued controversy with former President David Smith

      <font size="2">Former SUNY Upstate President David Smith</font>

      State University of New York officials are speaking out about the continued controversy surrounding former SUNY Upstate Medical University President David Smith who was forced to resign.

      A recent article published by the Post Standard says SUNY officials delayed public disclosure of SUNY Upstate's contract with Smith, then refused to disclose it. It turns out, Smith never had a contract.

      In response to the article, SUNY officials said, "From the moment we became aware of the issues at SUNY Upstate, Chancellor Zimpher took quick and decisive actions, including replacing Dr. Smith with a respected and experienced leader to run the institution." The statement goes on to say, "...new initiatives to enhance accountability and transparency regarding compensation for all SUNY presidents are being developed. These new reforms are important steps to strengthen oversight and accountability at every campus in the system."

      SUNY officials say they continue to cooperate with law enforcement on the matter.

      Smith resigned in November after an investigation began into whether he improperly padded his pay with compensation from MedBest Medical Management Inc. and Pediatric Service Group LLP.