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Committees

Committees

The Board of Trustees committees, as established, can be found in the committee list and below.

Chair: Merryl H. Tisch

Members:
Joseph W. Belluck
Bradley Hershenson
Eunice A. Lewin
Cesar Perales, Vice Chair
Cary F. Staller

Staff Liaison: Jim Malatras
Counsel: Sandra Casey

 

Committee Purpose: The Executive Committee is empowered to determine and act upon any matter within the jurisdiction of the Board, except to grant degrees or to make removals from office, and such determinations and actions shall be the determinations and actions of the Board and shall be reported to the Board at its next meeting.

The charge of the committee is to review and make recommendations, when necessary, to the Full Board on: 

  • Acts for the Board between Board Meetings Board Governance Matters including Chancellor and Officer Review and Compensation
  • Presidential Reviews and Compensation
  • Board of Trustees Operational and Membership Matters
  • Power of SUNY Strategic Plan
  • University Legal Matters

Executive Committee Charter

Chair: Stanley S. Litow

Members:
Marcos A. Crespo
Christy Fogal
Bradley Hershenson
Gwen Kay
Eunice A. Lewin
Richard Socarides
Cary F. Staller
Camille Joseph Varlack

Staff Liaison: Tod Laursen
Counsel: Sandra Casey

Committee Purpose: The Academic Affairs Committee will oversee and ensure the highest standards of academic achievement on all campuses. The Committee will insure that implementation of the Strategic plan and continuous improvement in appropriate areas are defined and set forth with objectives and measures and encourage better preparation of entering students for college-level study;

The charge of the committee is to review and make recommendations, when necessary, to the Full Board on: 

  • Academic Programs and Review, including Degree ApprovalsMaster Plan
  • Honorary Degree Approvals
  • Faculty Awards and Recognition
  • Student Mobility, Enrollment Planning
  • Diversity and Educational Equity
  • The academic aspects of Global Affairs / SUNY and the World
  • Libraries and Distance Learning
  • Athletics
  • University Sector Coordination and Cooperation
  • Student Affairs
  • Faculty Senate and Faculty Council

Academic Affairs Committee Charter

Chair: Eric Corngold

Members:
Gwen Kay
Eunice A. Lewin
Cesar Perales
Edward M. Spiro
Cary F. Staller
Camille Joseph Varlack

Staff Liaison: Stephanie Fargnoli  
Counsel: TBD

Committee Purpose: The Academic Medical Centers and Hospitals Committee will provide oversight and policy formulation associated with the University’s health professions education and health delivery system.  The Committee is responsible for creating policies reflecting a balanced educational, administrative and financial environment for the University’s health science centers and academic campuses offering professional medical education programs.

The charge of the committee is to review and make recommendations, when necessary, to the Full Board on: 

  • Excellence in Medical Education and health professions education
  • Hospital and clinical structure, governance and operations, {in cooperation with Finance & Administration Committee} issues relating to funding and finances
  • SUNY’s role in meeting the needs of a Healthier New York
  • Management and operation of clinical practice plans
  • Fulfillment of quality assurance obligations and requirements
  • Clinical affiliations with outside institutions and organizations
  • In cooperation with the Research &Economic Development Committee, issues relating to Research Excellence in Academic Health Center Clinical & Translational Research (REACH)

Other policy issues affecting the delivery of education and services in health care fields.

Academic Medical Centers Charter

Chair: Edward M. Spiro

Members:
Joseph W. Belluck
Eric Corngold
James Haddon
Camille Joseph Varlack

Staff Liaison: Amy Montalbano
Counsel: Sandra Casey

Committee Purpose: The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities relating to the University’s financial statements, financial reporting process, systems of risk management, internal controls, compliance, and the internal and external audit process.  This is accomplished by meeting periodically to discuss and assess the University’s:

  • Financial statements and other relevant information;
  • Systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting, legal compliance, and ethics;
  • Auditing, accounting, and financial reporting processes; and
  • Risk assessment and management processes (Enterprise Risk Management Program).

The Audit Committee should encourage continuous process improvement and compliance with laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and practices. The Audit Committee should provide for communication among management, the independent auditors, the internal auditors, and the Board of Trustees.

Audit Committee Charter

Chair: Joseph W. Belluck

Members:
Eric Corngold
Edward M. Spiro

Staff Liaison: Susan Miller Carello
Counsel: Ralph Rossi

Committee Purpose: The Board of Trustees of the State University (the “Board of Trustees”) is charged with several tasks as a designated “charter entity” or authorizer of charter schools under the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Charter Schools Act”) (Education Law § 2850 et seq.).  The Charter Schools Committee, together with SUNY System Administration and particularly the SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”), carry out the required charter school oversight and execute other required functions under the Charter Schools Act.  The current delegated functions and authority of the Charter Schools Committee and the Institute were specified by the Board of Trustees by resolution of June 12, 2012.  Those functions of the Committee include:

  1. the approval, denial or abandonment of the following:
    • an application to establish a charter school education corporation;
    • an application by a charter school education corporation for authority to operate an additional school or site as defined in the Charter Schools Act;
    • an application to renew the charter of a charter school education corporation;
    • an application by a charter school education corporation to renew the authority to operate a particular a charter school or site;
    • an application for a charter revision to merge or consolidate charter school education corporations; or for the addition of new elementary, middle or high school programs; and
    • an application to extend a charter for a period of greater than two school years for schools that did not open opting instead to take one or more planning years prior to operation; including the resubmission of any of the foregoing to the Board of Regents with or without modification, if applicable, and the consideration of any school district comments in connection therewith;
  2. the closure of all of the schools operated by a charter school education corporation and the approval of any renewal or revision application to replace the education corporation’s educational programs;
  3. the placement on probation of a charter school education corporation;
  4. the involuntary termination or revocation of an education corporation’s charter or its authority to operate a particular school or site;
  5. the approval or denial of applications for federal and State charter school grants; and
  6. the promulgation and revision of policy related to the authorizing and oversight of charter schools authorized by the Board of Trustees
  7. In coordination with the Chancellor and her designees, oversight of the Charter Schools Institute in all of its functions under the Charter Schools Act, which include authority delegated to the chief administrative officer of the Institute to:
    • approve or deny charter revisions not requiring Charter Schools Committee approval; and
    • approve or deny approve charter extensions of up to two years for schools that did not open opting instead to take one or more planning years prior to operation; including the resubmission thereof to the Board of Regents with or without modification, if applicable, and the consideration of any school district comments in connection therewith; and
    • take all other actions not delegated to the Charter Schools Committee as set forth above with respect to the Board of Trustees’ statutory authority as a charter entity under the Charter Schools Act;

Pursuant to existing administrative law, the Charter Schools Committee, on its own initiative, or on request of the Institute, may take up any matter generally delegated to the Institute, and it may also refer any matter within its authority to the full Board of Trustees if it so desires.   

Charter Schools Committee Charter

Chair: Robert J. Duffy

Members:
Christy Fogal
Bradley Hershenson
Eunice A. Lewin
Stanley S. Litow

Staff Liaison: Johanna Duncan-Poitier
Counsel: 
Cara Palumbo Schrantz

Committee Purpose: The charge of the Community Colleges Committee is to review and make recommendations, and when appropriate, such recommendations will be made to or in collaboration with other SUNY Board of Trustees Committees (particularly Academic Affairs, Education, College Readiness and Success, and Finance and Administration) and to the Full Board of Trustees regarding:

  • SUNY community colleges’ ability to provide open access to an affordable and quality education for all students able to benefit;
  • Policy, structural, and financial issues related to SUNY’s community colleges and their missions;
  • SUNY community colleges’ ability to serve as economic drivers and cultural hubs for their respective communities;
  • Developing a system approach to assisting SUNY community colleges in meeting national and state demands.

The goals of this Committee will be to strengthen the State and National profile of community colleges, improve the understanding of the sector and address major policy issues that impact the community colleges.

Community Colleges Committee Charter

Chair: Cary F. Staller
Vice Chair: Cesar Perales

Members:
Joseph W. Belluck
Eric Corngold
Christy Fogal
James Haddon
Stanley S. Litow
Gwen Kay
Edward M. Spiro

Staff Liaison: Eileen McLoughlin
Counsel: Sandra Casey

Committee Purpose: The Finance and Administration Committee provides oversight for the university’s finances, business, and facilities activities.  The committee advises the Board of Trustees on the state of the university’s financial operations, budgetary allocations, student fees, personnel policies, investment performance strategy and returns, and facilities.  The committee serves to ensure the university operates within available resources and applicable federal, state, and university policies in a manner supportive of the university’s strategic plan. 

The charge of the committee is to review and make recommendations, when necessary, to the Full Board on: 

  • Annual University Budget, and any mid-year adjustments
  • Quarterly and year-end financial conditions
  • University Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Institutional Research
  • Capital facilities
  • Investments
  • Energy Smart New York

Finance and Administration Committee Charter

Chair: Courtney Burke

Members:
Courtney Burke, Chair
Marcos A. Crespo
Gwen Kay
Stanley S. Litow
Cary F. Staller

Counsel: Kingsley Osei

Committee Purpose: The Research and Economic Development Committee provides oversight to programs seeking to extend the university’s scientific, technological, commercialization, and educational expertise to communities, counties, agencies and organizations throughout New York and globally.

The charge of the committee is to review and make recommendations, when necessary, to the Full Board on: 

  • Research and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Century
  • Technology Transfer
  • Economic Development and Innovation
  • Co-op Programs and Internships
  • Public – Private Partnerships
  • Research Foundation Coordination

Research and Economic Development Committee Charter

Co-Chair: Eunice A. Lewin
Co-Chair: Bradley Hershenson

Members:
Joseph W. Belluck
Courtney Burke
Marcos A. Crespo
Christy Fogal
Gwen Kay
Cesar Perales
Stanley S. Litow

Cary F. Staller
Camille Joseph Varlack

Staff Liaison: John Graham
Counsel: Joseph Storch

Committee Purpose: The primary role of the Student Life Committee is to provide oversight and policy direction on issues relating to students’ co-curricular experiences, interactions, programs, and services throughout the University.

The Committee will focus on the physical, emotional, and social health and well-being of SUNY college students in order to identify evidence-based best practices to improve student life and secure feedback from students on the impact of these practices. In addition, the Committee will seek to engage with students and other stakeholders in advocacy efforts on behalf of SUNY.

The charge of the Committee is to review existing policies and practices, and make new policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to student life on campus, including but not limited to:

  • Student Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Child Care Services
  • Financial Aid and Financial Literacy
  • Career Counseling and Services
  • Student Governance
  • Athletics, Recreation, Clubs, and Organizations
  • Residence Life

Where appropriate, the committee will work in collaboration with other Board committees, particularly Academic Affairs, Community Colleges, and Finance and Administration.

Student Life Committee Charter

Marcos Crespo, Co- Chair
Camille Joseph Varlack, Co-Chair

Members:
Robert J. Duffy
Christy Fogal
James Haddon
Bradley Hershenson
Eunice A. Lewin
Stanley S. Litow
Cesar Perales

Staff Liaison: Teresa A. Miller, System Chief Diversity Officer
Counsel: Cara Palumbo Schrantz

Committee Purpose: The Committee will consider policy on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University.
Where appropriate, the Committee will work in collaboration with other Board Committees, particularly Academic Affairs, Community Colleges, Finance and Administration, Research and Economic Development, and Student Life; as well as the Chancellor and his/her administration.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Charter

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