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Teresa Miller

Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer

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Teresa A. Miller, J.D. was named Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer in February 2019. In this role, she works directly with the Chancellor on the leadership and direction of strategic initiatives, and setting the goals and expectations for diversity and inclusion across SUNY and its campuses. In the CDO role, Miller will also lead Chancellor Johnson’s new PRODI-G (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth) initiative, which is designed to increase diversity amongst faculty ranks and guide campus hiring practices.

Professor Miller joined SUNY System Administration from the University at Buffalo (UB) where she served as a longtime member of the faculty at the UB Law School, earning her tenure and a promotion to the rank of full professor of law. In addition to her more than 20 years as a professor specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure, and prisoner law, she also served as the University’s Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

She brings to SUNY a wealth of experience in leading diverse teams of individuals and coordinating university-wide strategies that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has a long-standing commitment to social justice that has been demonstrated throughout her academic career by her leadership as a member of the American Bar Association Task Force that re-wrote the Standards on the Legal Status of Prisoners (2010), her decades-long involvement in prison reform in New York State, her scholarship on the convergence of immigration law and criminal punishment, and her engagement with the issue of mass incarceration as a documentary filmmaker.

Ms. Miller earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, her LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a William H. Hastie Fellow, and her B.A. degree from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

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