April 14, 2021
To the Campus Community:
Today I am announcing a number of changes in our organizational structure.
Effective immediately, Dr. Laura Joseph will become Provost and Senior Vice President. Mr.
Gregory O’Connor will become Executive Vice President and CFO. Both Greg and Laura
have performed in exemplary fashion and richly deserve the upgrades to their titles.
In addition, retirements in the Office for Institutional Advancement, coupled with
some notable trends in higher education, present an opportunity to reconsider our
organizational structure. To that end, we will soon begin a national search for a
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement. This newly created
position will oversee enrollment management and student engagement functions to deliver
a more seamless experience to our students and better engage them in ways that bolster
Further, as part of our commitment to remain one of SUNY’s most diverse and inclusive
campuses, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will become a separate office
apart from the current Student Affairs structure. Dr. Kevin Jordan will head the newly
reformed Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the Vice President and Chief
Diversity Officer. He will assume responsibility for some functional areas that now
fall under Academics, Student Affairs and Administration. Our campus continues to
become more diverse. Kevin has been pivotal to our DEI initiatives. I look forward
to expanding the work of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which will
support a more engaging environment for students, faculty and staff and ensure that
all members of our community are welcomed and valued.
As Dr. Michael Goodstone has decided to return to faculty in the fall, the position
of Associate Provost will also be filled through a national search. This position
includes service as the Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer and direct oversight
of various areas within the Provost’s Office. I want to thank Michael for his many
invaluable contributions to academic administration and the College more broadly.
Finally, for the last year I have periodically expanded the number of individuals
who attend Cabinet meetings as we navigated many issues, most notably the challenges
presented by COVID. It has been helpful to hear from multiple areas and I expect to
continue the practice of convening an expanded cabinet on a regular basis to fully
leverage the skills and talent of our extraordinary campus staff.