|Release: SUNY Board names Cuomo aide Malatras president of Empire State College. Leaders also named at Columbia-Greene and North Country.|
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Jim Malatras Named President of SUNY Empire State College
(GENESEO, New York – May 8,2019) Jim Malatras, the current president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, today was named president of Empire State College by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson recommended Malatras to the board at its regularly scheduled meeting, held today on the SUNY Geneseo campus.
“Dr. Malatras has dedicated his career to serving the state of New York, and he has a keen focus on public education as a path to ensure social mobility for our citizens,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “My congratulations to him as he prepares to meet the challenge of leading Empire State College to new levels of success.”
“Empire State College offers a highly individualized education and in doing so it provides a unique opportunity for a campus president,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “We are confident in Dr. Malatras’s abilities to move the campus forward in its mission to provide a high-quality academic experience.”
“My congratulations to Jim Malatras,” said James W. Lytle, chairman of the Empire State College Council. “Jim will be an outstanding president and the members of the college council and I look forward to working with him and the entire SUNY Empire community, as we advance the mission of the college.
“I am most grateful for all the outstanding efforts of my colleagues on the council and the members of the presidential search committee, who invested a great deal of time and effort and worked in a most professional and collegial fashion, as we considered an extraordinarily qualified and diverse field of candidates.
“Thanks to the dedication of the Committee and the Council, the work of Chancellor Johnson and her staff, and Chairman McCall and the board of trustees, SUNY Empire State College now has an outstanding new president in Jim Malatras.”
“I am extremely grateful for the support and confidence of Chairman Carl McCall, Vice Chair Merryl Tisch and the members of the board of trustees, and of SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson and her team, for providing me the opportunity to serve as president of SUNY Empire State College,” Malatras said. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Empire State College Council and the presidential search committee, for their hard work and support, as well as the college’s faculty and staff for their extensive participation in the process.
“I am eager roll up my sleeves and confront the complex challenges before us. The sustainable careers of today and tomorrow require higher education and Empire State College is the model to meet our jobs challenge. The value of a college degree is being questioned by the public as never before. Now, more than ever, New York needs the flexibility, quality and support offered by SUNY Empire State College.
“Together we can solve the problems facing us and provide students with even greater flexibility and higher quality as they seek to improve their lives, the lives of their families and the communities where they live and work.”
About Jim Malatras
As president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, he is leading the institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics. He previously served as SUNY system administration’s vice chancellor for policy and chief of staff.
He has held several high ranking positions in New York state government. Most recently, he served as director of state operations. He also served as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deputy secretary for policy management. Malatras served as the executive director of the New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014.
Malatras holds a doctorate in political science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany where he received the Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. He also holds a masters and bachelors of arts in political science from the University at Albany.
Malatras is the college’s fifth president since its founding in 1971.
His appointment is effective July 15, 2019.
About SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Empire State College educates more than 17,000 students in person, online and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York and at eight international sites worldwide. Together with one of SUNY Empire’s more than 1,300 faculty mentors, each student designs his or her own individualized pathway to a college degree that accommodates his or her schedule and awards credit for prior college-level learning. SUNY Empire awards more than 3,000 degrees annually and 94 percent of graduates stay in New York state. Today, more than 84,000 SUNY Empire alumni are entrepreneurs, veterans and active members of the military, professional athletes, teachers, medical professionals and leaders in their field, as well as in their communities. To learn more, visit www.esc.edu and follow the college on social media @SUNYEmpire.
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MAY 20195-8-19 CAMPUS APPOINTMENTS
SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Presidents at Empire State College and Columbia-Greene and North Country Community Colleges
May 8, 2019
Albany – State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Jim Malatras as president of Empire State College, Dr. Carlee Drummer as president of Columbia-Greene Community College, and Joseph Keegan as president of North Country Community College.
About Dr. Jim Malatras
Dr. Malatras is currently president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he is leading the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics. Dr. Malatras previously served as SUNY system administration’s vice chancellor for policy and chief of staff.
He has held several high ranking positions in New York State. Most recently, Dr. Malatras served as director of state operations. He also served as Governor Cuomo’s deputy secretary for policy management. Additionally, Dr. Malatras served as the executive director of the New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014.
Dr. Malatras holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, where he received the Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. He also holds a masters and bachelors of arts in political science from the University at Albany. His appointment is effective July 15, 2019.
About Dr. Carlee Drummer
Since 2014, Dr. Carlee Drummer has served as the president of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC). The college is located in one of the more economically challenged areas in Connecticut, and serves approximately 1,500 full and part time students, and more than 2,000 students taking non-credit, workforce, or personal development courses.
Under her leadership, QVCC established a food pantry to assist students facing food insecurity; opened a 10,000 square-foot, LEED Silver Certified Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center; introduced new academic programs in cyber security, mechatronics, and medical laboratory technician; and partnered with General Electric to install 2,500 solar panels on campus, saving the college an estimated $1.75 million over 20-25 years. During her time at QVCC, no student has graduated with federal student loan debt.
Dr. Drummer earned both her doctorate and masters of arts in English from SUNY’s Stony Brook University, and received her bachelors of arts, magna cum laude, from Wittenberg University. She attended the Seminar for New Presidents at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her appointment is effective July 8, 2019.
About Joseph Keegan
Since 2014, Joseph Keegan has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at North Country Community College (NCCC). Prior to his appointment to this role, Keegan was employed in administrative positions of increasing responsibility, including as the coordinator of Human Services Programs and as the grant liaison for the Perkins CTE Grant and the Tri Lakes Prevention Coalition. In addition to these administrative roles, Keegan has served as an instructor at NCCC in various titles since 1994, most recently, as an associate professor.
Keegan is also recognized as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and has leveraged this training and background to inform his work as the coordinator of the Human Services programs at NCCC. He served on a team that developed NCCC’s AAS program in Chemical Dependency Counseling, helping to train local students to bring meaningful supports and interventions to individuals and families suffering from addiction.
Keegan earned a bachelors of arts in anthropology from SUNY Potsdam, and a masters of arts in anthropology from the University at Albany. He is also a proud graduate of North Country Community College, earning an associates of arts in liberal arts from NCCC in 1989. His appointment is effective June 16, 2019.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.