SUNY Board of Trustees Approves Staff Appointments at System Administration

January 16, 2019

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Amy Montalbano as University Auditor and Paul N. Patton as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Both appointments are effective immediately.

About Amy Montalbano

As interim university auditor since July 2018, Amy Montalbano has ensured the annual audit plan and assigned projects are effectively implemented. She oversees internal and external audits of university and campus operations, including financial and compliance audits.

She manages the Office of the University Auditor and advises the Audit Committee and senior management on matters related to internal controls, business practices, accounting, and auditing. In addition, Montalbano coordinates and facilitates the meetings of the Audit Committee by working directly with the committee chair.

Montalbano has been with SUNY as an assistant university auditor since 2002. She received an MBA in accounting from Pace University, and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine. Montalbano is also a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.

About Paul Patton

Paul Patton’s public and private sector leadership roles include work at Yale New Haven Health as vice president of human resources and operations, OhioHealth as vice president of human resources, MetroHealth as chief human resources officer and vice president of government affairs, marketing, and communications.

He also worked for the City of Cleveland as chief human resources officer and executive assistant to the Mayor. Patton was also a member of the adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. He has lectured internationally and earned the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the same college. He has also performed extensive community and civic involvement throughout his career.

He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University. Patton completed the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and was a national association of public hospitals fellow.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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