Albany – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden
announced the formation of the SUNY Chancellor Search Committee. The committee
is charged with conducting a search for a permanent SUNY chancellor to succeed
John R. Ryan, who stepped down in May. Dr. John B. Clark currently serves as
of the committee reflects the larger SUNY community and includes college and
university presidents, students, faculty, trustees and alumni.
citizens from outside of SUNY include Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society,
Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League, Enrique
Senior, a managing director at Allen & Company, and ReiJane Huai, CEO of
FalconStor Software, a global data
protection and storage virtualization company based on Long Island.
is the youngest and largest comprehensive system of higher education system in
the nation. The opportunity to lead it represents a unique challenge. By the
very composition of the search committee, we intend to signal our commitment to
extending the global reach and influence of SUNY. Our goal is to conduct a
rigorous international search that succeeds in attracting a broad and deep pool
of candidates. I am excited to begin our work,” Hayden said.
Trustee Gerri Warren-Merrick will serve as vice chair of the committee.
few positions rival that of SUNY chancellor in the world of higher education,”
Warren-Merrick said. “The next SUNY chancellor has a wonderful opportunity to
lead, educate and inspire New York
and the nation. We will be aggressive in our efforts and we are eager to begin
The Committee will be
assisted with the national search by Michael Baer, Arnie Miller, Sean Farrell
and Monroe Moseley of the Boston-based firm of Isaacson Miller Search
Committee members serve on a
voluntary basis without compensation. The committee will conclude its work by
recommending to the SUNY Board of Trustees a short list of finalists. The
board will consider the finalists and then vote in public session to name the
next SUNY chancellor.
Clark will not be a candidate in the search. He was
appointed interim chancellor after Ryan, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral,
announced that he was leaving SUNY become the president of the Center for
Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.
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2007 CHANCELLOR’S SEARCH
Donald Boyce, Student Trustee, SUNY Board of Trustees and President of the SUNY
Donald Boyce, president of
the Student Assembly of the State University of New York, was sworn in May 31, 2007, as the
student trustee of SUNY Board of Trustees. Trustee Boyce co-chairs the Board's
Student Life Committee and serves as member of the Academic Standards and
Executive Committees. Currently, Trustee Boyce is enrolled at the University
at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and is working
toward his Master of Arts in Public Administration.
In addition, Trustee Boyce is
a member of Governor Spitzer's Higher Education Commission which is charged
with identifying ways to improve the quality of higher education offered in New York State.
Committed to student
leadership, Boyce has served as president of the Student Senate at Orange County Community College,
comptroller and CFO of the Student Association at the University at Albany, and
vice president of the Graduate Student Organization at the University at Albany.
Further, he has served the Student Assembly in the past as both treasurer and
director of academics. Boyce, originally from Wurtsboro, New York, is a
graduate of Monticello High School and a winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Academic
Edward F. Cox, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees Partner – Patterson,
Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
Edward F. Cox, a partner in
the Manhattan law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler, LLP,
holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs) and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 27, 1995.
Cox is a founding director
and former chairman of the Student/Sponsor Partnership for underprivileged
inner-city high school students and serves as chairman of the State Council of
Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and as a member of the State
Commission on Judicial Nomination for candidates for the Court of Appeals.
Cox co-chairs the SUNY Board
committees on Charter Schools and Community Colleges and chairs the Finance and
N. Desai, President & CEO, Asia Society
Vishakha N. Desai is president
and CEO of Asia Society, a global educational organization dedicated to
deepening connections among the peoples of Asia and the United
States. She sets the directions for the
Society's diverse set of programs—in the areas of policy, business, arts,
culture and education—throughout the Society's network of centers in the U.S. and in Asia. She is a
frequent speaker and commentator in the media, addressing cultural, social,
educational, business, and policy trends and their implications for the
U.S.-Asia relationship and Asian regional ties.
Appointed president in 2004,
Dr. Desai conceptualized and presided over the organization's fiftieth
anniversary celebrations in 2006, marked by high-profile activities and
expansive fundraising initiatives. As a result of these efforts, the Society is
expanding the scope and scale of its activities, particularly in Asia,
including a new India Centre in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), which opened in 2006,
and planned multi-million-dollar physical facilities in Hong Kong, Houston and
a new center in Seoul, Korea. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Desai
served as Asia Society’s senior vice president and director of the Museum and
Cultural Programs. In this position, she managed the Society’s $40 million
renovation of its New York City headquarters.
Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in
political science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan. The
recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Dr. Desai was awarded an honorary
doctorate from Susquehanna University in 1996 and from the College Staten Island in 2005.
She was also awarded the Asian American of the Year Award by the University of Massachusetts,
and by Asian Americans for Equality, and is a recipient of the National
Institute of Social Sciences Gold Medal. She serves on the Boards of The
Brookings Institution and Asian University for women, among others.
Carl T Hayden, Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, chair of
the SUNY Chancellor Search Committee and Chancellor Emeritus of New York
State Board of Regents
Carl T. Hayden was
appointed chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees October 22, 2007.
Chairman Hayden was named Chancellor Emeritus of the New York State Board of
Regents in April 2002 after 12 years on the Board. He was originally elected to
the Board of Regents in 1990, was elected chancellor in 1995, and re-elected chancellor
twice thereafter. Hayden was previously chairman of the Board of the New York
State Health Foundation and currently chairs the Chemung County School
Readiness Project. From 2003 to 2007, Hayden was a director of the National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
Hayden graduated from Hamilton College in
1963. At Hamilton, he majored in the history of East Asia.
In 1970, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School, where
he was president of the Law Student Association. Hayden served in the U.S.
Navy from 1963-1967. He was a Gunnery Officer aboard USS Boston (CAG-1),
a heavy cruiser, and a legal officer at the US Naval Station, Treasure Island,
San Francisco, California.
Howard, President, SUNY College at Buffalo
Dr. Muriel A. Howard has
served as the president of Buffalo State College since 1996. Dr. Howard's
professional and scholarly interests include educational leadership and the
representation of women and minorities in the academy.
President Howard is the
immediate past chair of the American Association of State Colleges and
Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors. The organization's mission is to open
the door of opportunity of higher education to all citizens and to embrace
students who traditionally have been underrepresented in American colleges and
universities. Buffalo State College emulates this mission under the leadership
of President Howard.
She serves on several
national boards, including the Voluntary System of Accountability Presidential
Advisory Committee, the Air University Board of Visitors, the American Academic
Leadership Institute, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities,
and the National Survey of Student Engagement Advisory Board.
ReiJane Huai, Chairman and CEO, FalconStor Software, Inc. and SUNY
Stony Brook Alumnus (1985)
Chairman and CEO ReiJane Huai came to FalconStor, a global data protection
and storage virtualization company, with a distinguished career in software
development and management. As executive vice president and general manager, Asia, for
Computer Associates International, Inc., he was responsible for sales,
marketing and the development of strategic joint ventures in the region.
Mr. Huai joined CA in 1996
with its acquisition of Cheyenne Software, Inc., where he was president and CEO.
He joined Cheyenne in 1985 as manager of research and development, and
was appointed director of engineering in 1987. While there, he served as chief
architect of ARCserve, the industry's first storage management solution for the
client/server environment. Mr. Huai received a master's degree in computer
science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1985.
Johnson, President, Faculty
Council of Community Colleges and Associate Professor of Speech, Finger Lakes Community College
Mr. Johnson is an associate
professor of communications at FLCC, and president of the Faculty Council of
Community Colleges, the faculty governance body of the 30 Community Colleges.
Professor Johnson was elected
president of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges in April 2007 after six
years on the Faculty Council. Originally elected to the Faculty Council in
2001 by the Faculty of Finger Lakes Community College, Professor Johnson has
served as Governance Committee co-chair, vice president and treasurer, and as a
member of several SUNY strategic planning committees. He presently serves on
the SUNY General Education Assessment Review Group and on the Advisory Board
for the Institute for Community College Development. He is a recipient of a
2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the 2006
Finger Lakes Community College Student Corporation Student Choice Award. He
received his B.A. in Criminology and M.A. in Communications (Theatre) from Indiana State University.
Kaloyeros, Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany
Alain E. Kaloyeros is also a
Professor of Nanosciences at UAlbany's CNSE and President of Albany NanoTech
(ANT), a not-for-profit corporation created by the SUNY Research Foundation
(RF) to implement strategic government-university-corporate nanotechnology
partnerships and assist in the educational and research missions of CNSE.
Kaloyeros received his Ph.D.
in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He has authored and co-authored over 150 articles and
contributed to 7 books in nanoelectronics and nanooptoelectronics ultrathin
films, atomic layer vapor phase processes, and nanoscale x-ray, electron, and
photon-based metrology. Kaloyeros holds 13 U.S. patents. He is a past recipient of the NSF
Presidential Young Investigator Award; the NSF Research Initiation Award; the
Albany Foundation 1995 Academic Laureate Award; the 1999 Citizen of the
University Award; the 2002 Outstanding Inventor Award of the SUNY RF; the
R&D 100 Award for one of the Most Technologically Significant Inventions of
2001; the 2003 SUNY RF Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge Award; the 2004
RF Partnership in Leadership Award; and the 2005 Tech Valley Summit MIKE
(Mentorship, Innovation, Knowledge, and Entrepreneurship) Award on behalf of
the Albany NanoTech leadership team. He is also in the 2004 and 2005 AcademicKeys
Who's Who in Sciences Higher Education and the 2005 AcademicKeys Who's Who in
Higher Education Administration.
LaRosa, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn
John C. LaRosa, MD, FACP, is
president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, one of two freestanding health science centers in
the SUNY system. A leader in medical education and academic medicine
administration, Dr. LaRosa is internationally known for his research on statins
and the role that cholesterol, hormones, and diet play in heart disease.
Dr. LaRosa oversees the
education, research, and clinical programs at Downstate, which comprises
colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies,
and the 376-bed University Hospital of Brooklyn, its onsite clinical teaching
facility that serves one of the most diverse populations in the nation.
Since assuming Downstate’s
leadership in 1999, Dr. LaRosa has strengthened its role as the anchor for
health education in Brooklyn; increased grant funding by 40 percent; and
positioned Downstate's clinical programs to achieve regional prominence. In
2001, he initiated a highly successful Master of Public Health Program.
Expanded in 2007 to include a Doctor of Public Health and recently approved by
the SUNY Board of Trustees, these degree programs prepare the way for a School of Public Health.
The advanced biotechnology park Dr. LaRosa established in Brooklyn has grown to
include an incubator for early-stage biotech companies, one of only three in
New York City; a commercial synthetic chemistry facility; and, in concert with
the Empire State Development Corporation and the SUNY Research Foundation, the
Brooklyn Army Terminal as a site for biotech expansion and manufacturing.
Carl McCall, Member, SUNY Board
of Trustees and Former NYS Comptroller
H. Carl McCall was appointed
to the SUNY Board of Trustees October 22,
Mr. McCall served as comptroller
of the State of New York from May 1993 to December 2002. As chief fiscal
officer of the state, he was responsible for governmental and financial
oversight and pension fund management. As sole Trustee of the
880,000-member State and Local Retirement Systems, Mr. McCall was responsible
for investing a pension fund valued at $112 billion.
Mr. McCall has had a
distinguished career as a public servant. He served three terms as a New
York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City; as an ambassador to the
United Nations; as a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;
and as the commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights.
From 1991 to 1993, McCall
served as president of the New York City Board of Education, and presently
serves on the boards of New Plan Realty Corporation, the Ariel Mutual Fund and
TYCO International and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He
received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and was also educated at the Andover Newton
Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh.
Enrique F. Senior, Managing Director, Allen & Company
Enrique Senior serves as a
managing director for Allen & Company, a private investment firm based in New York City.
Founded in 1922 by brothers Herbert and Charles Allen, the company serves some
of the worlds leading media, information and entertainment enterprises as
advisor, underwriter and broker.
Allen & Company is noted
for its annual conference held each July at Sun
Valley, Idaho, which attracts leaders
from media, entertainment, politics, philanthropy, politics and other areas.
Simpson, President, State University at Buffalo
Dr. John B. Simpson was
appointed president of the University at Buffalo on January 1,
2004, bringing with him more than 30
years of experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment as UB president,
he held the post of campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz,
where he served from 1998-2003. Dr. Simpson’s previous appointments include 23
years at the University of Washington, where he joined the department of psychology faculty
in 1975, later serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1994-98.
A native of California,
Dr. Simpson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara
and earned his doctorate from Northwestern University in neurobiology and behavior. Dr. Simpson has
published widely in the field of neuroendocrinology, and he is a member of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for
Neuroscience, and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. A member of
the SUNY Research Foundation Board and the UB Associates Board, Dr. Simpson is
an ex officio member of the UB Foundation Board of Trustees. Among his
numerous leadership roles, Dr. Simpson serves on the boards of the SUNY
Research Foundation, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and the Buffalo Fine Arts
Academy. In testament to the university’s longstanding leadership in
international education, he received an honorary degree from Tokyo University
of Agriculture and Technology in 2007. Appointed by Governor Spitzer to the
New York State Commission on Higher Education, he also serves on the American
Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives.
Skorton, President, Cornell University
David J. Skorton became
Cornell's 12th president July 1, 2006. He holds faculty appointments at the rank of
professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City
and in Biomedical Engineering on Cornell's Ithaca campus. He is also vice chair of the Business-Higher
Education Forum, an independent, non-profit organization of Fortune 500 CEOs,
leaders of colleges and universities, and foundation executives.
A seasoned administrator,
board-certified cardiologist, biomedical researcher, musician and advocate for
the arts and humanities, he aims to make Cornell a model combination of
academic distinction and public service. He has vowed, among other goals, to
continue and accelerate the transformation of the undergraduate experience in
order to make Cornell the finest research university and provider of
undergraduate education in the world, and to integrate the activities of the
Weill Cornell Medical College campuses with the activities of the university's
Ithaca and Geneva, N.Y., campuses in order to encourage interdisciplinary
Before coming to Cornell, he
was president of the University of Iowa for three years, beginning in March 2003, and he was
a faculty member there for 26 years. A national leader in research ethics, he
was charter president of the Association for the Accreditation of Human
Research Protection Programs, Inc., the first entity organized specifically to
accredit human research protection programs. He has traveled widely in Europe and Asia on behalf
of both academic and community projects, and he engages in service to the
community, particularly in regional and state economic development, as a member
of the boards of the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and
Central New York, Inc.
Sydow, President, Onondaga Community College
Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, the 7th
president of Onondaga Community
College, has served as a community
college educator and administrator for more than 20 years. Throughout her
career, she has worked in support of high quality educational programs and
comprehensive support services for students seeking college transfer, job
training, continuing education, or basic skills education. In her various
administrative and faculty roles, she has actively worked with all college
stakeholders to ensure curricular quality and program alignment with community
As president and CEO of
Onondaga Community College, one of the 64 SUNY campuses, Dr. Sydow leads an
institution that was recently named one of the fastest growing community
colleges in the nation. She has guided record enrollment growth and capital
improvements in excess of $50 million. The opening of the College's first
student residence halls represents just one of many transformative projects
that Dr. Sydow has initiated and led at Onondaga. Others include the highly
successful Arts Across Campus program and a comprehensive strategic enrollment
management program. In addition, she has expanded community access to higher
education through distance education and flexible program offerings, and
secured gifts and grants totaling more than $20 million.
An active professional and
civic leader, she serves as president of the Association for Presidents of
Public Community Colleges in New York, and on the boards of the Greater Syracuse
Metropolitan Development Association, ProLiteracy Worldwide, Hartwick College, and
other community and educational organizations. She has been recognized with
numerous awards for her professional leadership and commitment to the
Paul Tagliabue, Chairman, Board of Directors, the Neil D. Levin
Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, the State University of New York and
Former Commissioner, National Football League
Mr. Tagliabue serves as the founding chairman of the
Levin Institute. From 1989 to 2006, he was commissioner of the National
Football League and presided over an extended period
of labor peace and revenue growth in professional football. During his tenure,
the League grew from 28 to 32 teams, secured the largest television contracts
in entertainment history, supported the construction of more than 20 NFL team
stadiums, and expanded the NFL’s global reach.
He began his career as a
policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; subsequently, he was
a partner in the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling. He has served
on the board of governors of the United Way of America and on the board of the
National Urban League. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Tagliabue recently
rejoined Covington & Burling as senior of counsel. He will serve in the
firm’s Washington, DC and New York offices, and will advise clients on
strategic matters in the communications/media, technology and international
Candace Vancko, President, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Dr. Candace Vancko was named
ninth president of SUNY Delhi in June 1999. Dr. Vancko, who has enjoyed success
in both the private and the public sector, is nationally recognized as a higher
education management specialist. Prior to coming to Delhi Dr. Vancko
served as vice president for Enrollment Services at Hocking College in
Nelsonville, Ohio. From 1989 to present she has served as senior associate with
Noel Levitz as an enrollment management consultant for more than 10 two-year
Her professional affiliations
have included higher education advisory board, American Marketing Association;
past president, executive committee, American College Testing program's Ohio
Assembly; former national board member and past vice president for Publications,
American Association of Community College's National Council for Staff, Program
and Organizational Development; regional advisory board member, School to
Work; regional advisory board member, Tech Prep, board of directors, ARC of
Delaware County; board of directors, Planned Parenthood of South Central NY;
board of directors, Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care; and campaign
co-chair, United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties.
She received her B.A. and M.A.
degrees in Speech from The Pennsylvania State University. She received
her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University.
Gerri Warren-Merrick, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the SUNY Chancellor Search Committee and president
of WarrenMerrick Communications and former Vice President for Global Public
Policy for Time Warner
Gerri plans a spring launch
of WarrenMerrick Communications, where she will continue her work in communications
strategy, philanthropy, public policy and social responsibility.
Gerri recently retired from
Time Warner Inc. after 25 years of service. As vice president of Global Public
Policy for Time Warner Inc., Gerri Warren-Merrick was responsible for building
and maintaining relationships with local, state and national policy leaders
communicating company objectives and creating partnerships and programs related
to public policy, education and the arts. She acted as a primary liaison with
institutions and communities served by Time Warner and its divisions, including
Home Box Office, Time Inc., New Line Cinema, Time Warner Cable, Turner
Broadcasting, Warner Bros. and America Online.
For the past 20 years, Gerri held
several executive positions in community relations, public affairs, government
relations and communications for Time Warner Cable and Time Warner Inc. In
those roles she was instrumental in directing company resources to innovative
philanthropic initiatives that leveraged Time Warner's wide-ranging expertise,
global presence and fundamental commitment to service the public interest.
Gerri was appointed to the
SUNY Board of Trustees on June 15, 2006.
Carl Wiezalis, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees, President of the
University Faculty Senate and Professor of Respiratory Therapy, Upstate Medical
Carl P. Wiezalis is a
full professor with the State University of New York, Upstate Medical
University in Syracuse, where he has served as professor of Respiratory Care
and Cardiorespiratory Sciences for 38 years, 27 of which as department
chair. He is the recipient of the Upstate Medical University President's
Awards for Professional Service and Affirmative Action and additional
honors and recognitions.
Professor Wiezalis was
elected president of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in
2001, and is a former president of the New York State Society for
Respiratory Care. In addition, Carl was the recipient of the National
Educator of the Year Award granted by his professional society and a Fellow in
that organization. He currently co-chairs the Ethics Committee for the
AARC. Carl has enjoyed many years of professional service at the local,
state and national levels.
Professor Wiezalis is
beginning his second two-year term as president of the University Faculty
Senate of the State University of New York. In this
capacity President Wiezalis will serve as the first active SUNY faculty
member on the SUNY Board of Trustees in the history of the
University. The addition of the University Faculty Senate
President to the Board of Trustees was mandated by supporting legislation
passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly and signed by Governor Pataki
Staff to Search Committee:
John J. O’Connor, Vice
Chancellor and Secretary of the University
Aimee Bernstein, Associate