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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras talks to SUNY Geneseo students outdoors on campus during sunset.
Chancellor Jim Malatras

Chancellor Jim Malatras

Dr. Jim Malatras was named the 14th chancellor of The State University of New York on August 21, 2020. 

Prior to his role leading the SUNY system, Dr. Malatras served as the fifth president of SUNY Empire State College. Prior to joining SUNY Empire in May 2019, he served as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics.

Chancellor Jim Malatras headshot

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Dr. Malatras has held several high-ranking positions in New York State government. He served as director of state operations to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he managed the day-to-day operation of state government and served as the administration’s point person on policy development and implementation. He previously served as deputy secretary for policy management to Governor Cuomo and as deputy director of policy on Governor Cuomo’s successful campaign for governor.

An education policy expert, Dr. Malatras served as the executive director of the governor's New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014. Dr. Malatras also previously served as executive director of legislative affairs and state policy to Attorney General Cuomo and legislative director to former assemblyman and current Rockefeller Institute board member, Richard L. Brodsky. Dr. Malatras served as Chief of Staff for Chancellor Nancy Zimpher from July 2013 to August 2014.

Dr. Malatras received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University at Albany.

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