Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost
David Lavallee has an extensive record in higher education administration as well as international education, science education, and research. Before assuming his current position as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the State University of New York system, he served as provost at SUNY New Paltz. There he hired more than two-thirds of the college’s current faculty, attracting a diverse body of scholars and teachers from the best graduate programs in the United States and abroad. Dr. Lavallee oversaw the expansion of programs to assist and mentor students and academic policy changes that resulted in higher and essentially equal graduation rates for all groups of students. He reorganized the academic structure of the college, fostering the development of a strong School of Business and enhanced science and engineering programs, while further developing the well established areas of liberal arts, education, and, in particular, interdisciplinary programs.
At his previous position as provost at the City College of New York, Dr. Lavallee led the effort to develop admissions standards by academic discipline, phased out remediation, and enhanced advising, which has resulted in significantly higher graduation rates. From 1978 until 1994, Dr. Lavallee was a chemistry professor at Hunter College. He has served in numerous capacities in international education and education policy for the American Chemical Society and received the national award for college chemistry teaching and was a Fulbright senior research scholar in France and Turkey. He has presented lectures at over 125 universities, scientific meetings, and research institutes; has authored numerous peer-reviewed research articles and two books; and was associate editor and senior consultant for two encyclopedias of chemistry. He consulted for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
In addition to his activities in research and international education, Provost Lavallee has been intimately involved in articulation and teacher education issues for the past twenty years.