Joseph B. Porter

Senior Vice Chancellor for Executive Leadership and Employee Development

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In January 2018, Joseph Porter was appointed Senior Vice Chancellor for Executive Leadership and Employee Development. In this position, Mr. Porter oversees the presidential search process at the State-operated campuses and leads a president’s leadership initiative that provides the onboarding, professional development, mentoring and support necessary to foster the peak performance of presidents. Mr. Porter also oversees the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership Institute (SAIL) and operation of the offices of Human Resources and Employee Relations. Mr. Porter serves on the Chancellor’s executive leadership team and cabinet with overall responsibility for the management and development of SUNY’s workforce.

Originally appointed in June 2015, Mr. Porter previously served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of the University at SUNY. Prior to that, Mr. Porter served for ten years as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Excelsior College, one of the most innovative institutions of higher education in the nation offering online degrees and competency-based education.  In that position, he directed Excelsior's legal operations, participated in the administration of the college as a member of the executive staff, and served as secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Immediately prior to joining Excelsior College, Mr. Porter served in the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for 12 years, first as deputy counsel and later as executive director of the New York State Office of Teaching. During his years with NYSED, Mr. Porter authored innovative regulations and legislation on a wide variety of education issues and led a series of teams responsible for implementing the Regents' education reform agenda. He also served as legal advisor to the Board of Regents' Task Force on Teaching as it drafted groundbreaking reforms of New York's standards for the preparation and certification of teachers.

Prior to his work at NYSED, Mr. Porter served as deputy counsel and legislative representative of the New York State School Boards Association, where he advised and represented more than 700 school districts in New York. Mr. Porter began his career as general counsel and legislative representative for the New York State Conference of Mayors, where he advised and represented the mayors of New York's cities and villages.

Mr. Porter has lectured extensively throughout the State over the last 30 years on a variety of education issues and served as adjunct instructor of education law in the Graduate School of Educational Administration of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, from 1996 to 2010.

A graduate of Albany Law School, Mr. Porter also holds a bachelor's degree in History and American Studies from Manhattan College in New York City.

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