Senior Administration is composed of seven cabinet members. The Cabinet members advise the President on a variety of campus issues and implement policies approved by the President, the College Council, and the SUNY Board of Trustees.

John S. Nader

Dr. Nader has served as President of Farmingdale State College since July 2016. As the Chief Administrative Officer of the College, Dr. Nader as focused on the development of new academic programs, building partnerships with private industries and community colleges, advancing applied learning opportunities, expanding support for student scholarships, improving student services, and enhancing buildings and grounds. Under his guidance, the College adopted a new strategic plan and mission statement.

He is a member of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and serves as co-chair of its Workforce and Education Committee. He serves on the executive committees of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education and the Skyline Athletic Conference. He is also a member of the NCAA President’s Advisory Group.

From 2009 to 2016 Dr. Nader was Provost at SUNY Delhi. He also served as a member of the board of directors of O’Conner Hospital in Delhi, NY. He was president of the SUNY Chief Academic Officers organization.

As Mayor of Oneonta, NY from 2005-2009, he led the revitalization of a long-dormant downtown property and the creation of a veterans' memorial walkway. As a county legislator and community action leader he helped establish a homeless shelter. Dr. Nader received a BA in Politics from Ithaca College and an MA and a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

John S. Nader

Laura Joseph
Senior Vice President and Provost

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer who is responsible for the academic mission of the College, the Provost oversees all academic units, support services, and operations including: The School Deans, Chief Institutional Research and Effectiveness Officer, Dean of International Education and Programs, Academic Operation Directors, Advisement and Information Center, Tutoring Center, Math Center, Writing Center, Educational Opportunity Center, Office of Distance Learning, Library, and the college Registrar all report to the Provost.

A distinguished scholar, teacher, and leader, Dr. Joseph oversees all academic schools and departments at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Joseph began her academic career at Farmingdale State College in 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of Dental Hygiene and served as Department Chair from 2003-2013.

In addition to her work in health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Joseph has been actively engaged in accreditation and institutional assessment including service as Farmingdale State College's liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Commissioner for the American Dental Associations' Commission on Dental Accreditation. She continues to serve as an ADA-CODA site visitor and has led Farmingdale State College's Assessment initiative. Her interest in active learning and innovative pedagogy has led to SUNY recognition as a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Old Dominion University's Alumni Award for Outstanding Educator.

Dr. Joseph earned a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education and Academic Leadership from Columbia University in 1998 and a BS and MS degree in Science from Old Dominion University.

Laura Joseph

Gregory O’Connor
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

The Division of Administration and Finance provides the campus with essential administrative services. These functions are housed in departments including Budget and Finance, Accounting, Capital Planning, Environmental Health & Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Physical Plant Operations, Sponsored Programs, Student Accounts, Research Administration, Procurement, Payroll, University Police Athletics, and Use of Facilities. In addition, the EVP is responsible for the business and fiscal affairs of non-State campus organizations such as the Auxiliary Services Corporation, Children's Center, and Small Business Development Center.

Mr. O’Connor joined Farmingdale State College in June 2017 after 15 years working in higher education. Prior to coming to Farmingdale, Mr. O’Connor was the Director of New Ventures at the SUNY Research Foundation where he was the principal contact for campuses seeking strategic direction and support for industry partnerships, venture capital engagement, real estate development, and collaborative research partnerships.

He has served on several corporate boards including Downstate Technology Center, Inc., Long Island High Technology Incubator, Inc., the Accelerate New York Seed Fund, as well as BHBP.

Mr. O’Connor earned an MBA from the University at Albany and a BA from Binghamton University.

Grgory O'Connor

Kevin Jordan
Vice President
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer

The Vice President Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer leads and informs the institution priorities advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and belongingness. The office is responsible for the Disability Services Center, Veterans Services, System-wide DEI initiatives, and Transportation Services. In addition, Dr. Jordan oversees the campus’ relationship with the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center.

Dr. Jordan joined Farmingdale State College with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, specializing in holistic student development. Prior to joining Farmingdale State College, Dr. Jordan had served as Assistant Dean for Student Development and Campus Life at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, and Dean of Academic Support Services at Dowling College. His background includes management roles and oversight of multiple non-academic student services departments and educational access programs.

Dr. Jordan holds degrees from Princeton University in psychology and African American studies, and Union Theological Seminary in practical theology. He earned a doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College.

Kevin Jordan

Matthew Colson
Vice President
Development & Communications

The Vice President for Development and Communications is responsible for leading the College's fund-raising activities through the Alumni Office and the College Foundation. The Vice President of Development and Communications oversees all efforts to inform, engage and inspire the College’s greater campus community of alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and private foundations to support the College.  This role also oversees Marketing and Communications, a strategic inhouse agency for brand strategy, internal/external communications, marketing, web content and development, and creative design as well as Government Relations, and Media Relations of the College.

Mr. Colson joined the staff at Farmingdale State College in 2020. An industry leader, Mr. Colson has over 15 years of experience in university development and administration, most recently at Stony Brook University where he served as Executive Director of Alumni Relations and the Stony Brook Alumni Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for SUNYCUAD (State University of New York Council for University Advancement) and The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation; and presents regularly for regional and national conferences with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and Academic Impressions.

Mr. Colson has a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications from St. Joseph's College and a Master's Degree in Education from Long Island University.

Matthew Colson

office of the president

Horton Hall, 2nd Floor
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


Carolyn Fedder
Executive Assistant to the President


Andreia Goncalves Ramos
Administrative Assistant

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