Teresa Miller

Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff

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Teresa A. Miller, J.D. was named Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff in January 2018. In this role, she works directly with the Chancellor on the leadership and direction of strategic initiatives, and is responsible for overseeing and managing the Office of the Chancellor and serving as the Chancellor’s liaison with the SUNY System Administration executive team, campus leaders, and other key stakeholders.

Ms. 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 Master of Laws from the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a William H. Hastie Fellow, and her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

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