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SUNY Chancellor Withdraws Sabbatical Request

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – The head of the State University of New York has withdrawn his request to take a paid, six-month sabbatical.

SUNY Chancellor Robert King had wanted to take time off to give speeches, take college courses and to recharge his "inner batteries."

King told the SUNY board of trustees Thursday that he's withdrawing his requested leave. King told the board that the challenges facing the SUNY system are more important than the sabbatical he had planned.

News of King's request for a paid leave raised eyebrows in Albany. The state university system is facing another potential tuition increase as well as other financial issues.

The chancellor is paid $250,000 a year plus another $90,000 in annual housing allowance and a car and driver.