The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved efforts to strengthen
the Office of Academic Affairs by appointing Dr. Kavita Pandit senior vice provost, Dr. Pedro Cabán, vice provost
for diversity and educational equity, and Mr. James P. Ketterer as deputy
very pleased that Dr. Pandit, Dr. Cabán and Mr. Ketterer have agreed to become
part of the team that will help move SUNY from a very good system of public
higher education to a truly great system,” said Chancellor John R. Ryan. “SUNY
needs top leadership and administrative and academic talent if we are to
provide our students with the best possible education and, at the same time,
provide New York State with the educated workforce and the research and
development enterprise necessary to compete in today’s knowledge economy.”
State University of New York continues to attract the most talented leaders and
experienced educators from across the country,” said Board Chairman Thomas F.
Egan. “Dr. Pandit, Dr. Cabán and James Ketterer have gained our confidence and
we expect them to accelerate the very positive momentum now occurring at the
State University of New York.”
All three individuals will report directly to SUNY
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Risa I. Palm, who is
strengthening and reorganizing the office to better carry out the mission of
largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation, SUNY
does marvelous work in providing an education for New Yorkers,” said Provost
Palm. “Dr. Pandit, Dr. Cabán and Mr. Ketterer have very strong records of
accomplishment and will help SUNY to provide our students with the best
possible education. I want to thank the Board of Trustees for today’s
appointment and Chancellor Ryan for his support of these outstanding
thank the Board of Trustees for appointing me to such an important position within
the University. My gratitude also extends to Chancellor Ryan and Provost Palm
for their support throughout the process,” said Dr. Pandit. “I look forward to
working with the campuses as we strive to improve the quality of the education
we provide our students and enhance the opportunities for scholarship, research
and student life.”
“The State University of New
York’s commitment to access and opportunity for all students is most
commendable,” said Dr. Cabán. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees for
placing its trust in me, as well as to thank Chancellor Ryan, Provost Palm and
the search committee for their strong support. Working together with the SUNY
campuses, we can ensure access and opportunities for all those who seek to
advance themselves through public higher education.”
“I am very honored by and
grateful to the State University Board of Trustees for appointing me. My
sincere thanks go to Chancellor Ryan and Provost Palm for their support as
well,” said Mr. Ketterer.
The chancellor’s recommendations
are the culmination of national searches. Each of these positions was
advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Insidehighered.com, the
SUNY system administration homepage and minority organizations listings. There
were 33 applications for senior vice provost, 17 for the deputy provost
position and 25 for the Vice Provost for Diversity and Educational Equity.
The chancellor’s nominations will replace three senior
members of the Office of Academic Affairs who are moving on to other positions
outside of SUNY System Administration or retiring.
Background - Dr. Kavita Pandit
Dr. Pandit’s responsibilities
as Senior Vice Provost will include Program Review and Assessment, Academic
Planning and Analysis, oversight of the Mission Review Initiative; Opportunity
Programs, Student Life, International Programs, Faculty Award and Development
Programs and primary liaison to the academic standards committee of the Board
Dr. Pandit is currently
associate dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia, a full professor of geography and president of the
Association of American Geographers.
She was a member of the
faculty of the Department of Geography since 1987, promoted to full professor
in 1999, and served as Head and Associate Head of the Department of Geography
In her capacity as associate
dean, Dr. Pandit oversaw the Social and Behavioral Science departments and was
engaged in curriculum development, assessment, strategic planning, program
reviews, promotion and tenure issues and faculty development.
In addition, Dr. Pandit
coordinated the University of Georgia’s international program, which currently ranks 9th
nationally in the number of students participating in study abroad.
On a national level, she
serves as the elected President of the Association of American Geographers, a
scholarly organization with 10,000 members. During the past year, she has
lectured widely on the benefits of international education.
Dr. Pandit received her
Doctorate and Master of Arts in Geography, and a Masters of City and Regional
Planning from the Ohio State University. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Bombay University.
Dr. Pandit’s salary will be $172,000.
Background - Dr. Pedro Cabán
As vice provost for Diversity
and Educational Equity, Dr. Pedro Cabán will take responsibility for the
Offices of Educational Opportunity Programs and SUNY Educational Opportunity
Centers; supervise SUNY’s participation in the National Association of System
Heads project on reducing the educational gap, and assist campuses in developing
and implementing a portfolio of diversity programs and curricula that is
sensitive to their mission and the communities in which they are located.
In addition, he will contribute
to the ongoing system-wide efforts to align campuses with their respective
communities in order to assist underrepresented high school graduates with
access to higher educational opportunities and a successful college experience
through to graduation.
Dr. Cabán is currently full
professor of Communications Research and African American Studied at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, and was the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program.
Dr. Cabán received his Doctorate
of Political Science and Master of Philosophy from Columbia University.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York. In addition,
Dr. Cabán held important faculty and administrative positions at Cornell, Rutgers and Fordham Universities. Dr.
Cabán’s salary will be $165,000.
Background - Mr. James P. Ketterer
Mr. Ketterer will take the
position of Deputy Provost. This position has executive responsibility for the
staffing, operations and management of the System's Academic Office. Mr. Ketterer
will be responsible for the direct expenditures of the academic affairs budget;
coordination of all budget activities for units that report to the Office of
Academic Affairs; space allocation; supervision of the SUNY Learning Network
and institutional research, and coordination of other activities in the
personnel of the Provost's Office.
Mr. Ketterer has taught
numerous courses and seminars at colleges within New York State. Most
recently he was a visiting assistant professor at Bard College from
2003-2005. In 2000 he was a visiting lecturer at the College of New Paltz, and
received the Professional Development Award – United University Professions
from the State University of New York.
Mr. Ketterer has published a
multitude of articles regarding international and comparative politics. He has
lectured nationally and internationally, most recently in April 2007 at the New
York State Political Science Association, and prior, in March 2006, at the
United Nations University, Amman, Jordan.
Mr. Ketterer is currently
director of SUNY’s Center for International Development. He has a Master of
Arts in Near Eastern Studies from New
York University, and a Bachelor of
Arts in Political Science and Middle East Studies from Fordham University. Mr.
Ketterer’s salary will be $140,000.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu