Carlos Medina

Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer

Carlos Medina is a Vice Chancellor and the Chief Diversity Officer at the State University of New York (SUNY). He is charged with leading SUNY’s efforts in promoting and advancing the University’s diversity goals and ensuring that they are properly captured within all university policies and procedures. He provides leadership and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in connection with the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and administrators who come from groups within our society that are underrepresented in higher education and in SUNY. He is directly responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of various programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels dedicated to serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students, faculty and staff, and promoting inclusion, student success and excellence within the University. Immediately prior to serving in this position, Mr. Medina was the Assistant Provost and was instrumental in helping build the office’s portfolio of programs and overall capacity since its inception in 2007.

Mr. Medina has served as the Director of Student Support Services for SUNY’s Center for Academic and Workforce Development, and he managed a $12.5 million budget as Director of the Bridge Program (SUNY’s flagship Welfare-to-Work Initiative) and the “Financing Your Independence” Program. His work for the New York State Education Department from 1989 to 1997 included managing a host of teacher preparation, math and science enrichment (STEP & CSTEP), educational opportunity and professional development programs across the state. In 1989, he served a one-year appointment as a Regent Management Fellow with the New York State Education Department. Mr. Medina received the Mayor’s Community Development Service Award, City of Albany, in 1994.

He received his B.S. in Education from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, and his M.S. in Human Services Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Medina has more than 25 years of progressive responsibility in state government and higher education with proven experience in leadership, management, and staff development.

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