Chancellor Johnson Names Dr. Mitchell S. Nesler Officer-In-Charge of SUNY Empire State College

February 26, 2018

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced the appointment of Dr. Mitchell S. Nesler as officer-in-charge of SUNY Empire State College following the departure of Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, who previously announced she is stepping down. Dr. Nesler’s appointment is effective March 3, 2018 and will continue until SUNY’s Board of Trustees or the chancellor take other action.

About Vice President Mitchell Nesler

Dr. Nesler serves as vice president of decision support at Empire State College. In this role, he is responsible for providing overall leadership for the college’s strategic planning processes, including assessment of student learning and other institutional outcomes, business analytics, and directing the college’s data warehouse and institutional research function. He is the accreditation liaison officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Prior to joining SUNY Empire State College in 2003, Dr. Nesler was the associate dean for outcomes assessment and research at Excelsior College, where he held progressively responsible positions in research and assessment over nine years, including as director of research, academic programs, and director of nursing research.

Dr. Nesler has taught at the University at Albany, SUNY Empire State College, and Siena College. He has also secured scholarships and grants, and has published, directed projects, and been a principal investigator on various research initiatives. He holds a doctorate in social-personality psychology and a bachelor of arts in psychology, both from the University at Albany.

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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