SUNY Board of Trustees Announces Presidents of University at Albany, Erie Community College, Sullivan Community College

June 21, 2017

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Havidán Rodríguez as president of University at Albany; and, together with the Boards of Trustees at the campuses, appointed Dr. Dan Hocoy as president of Erie Community College and John “Jay” Quaintance as president of Sullivan County Community College.

About Dr. Havidán Rodríguez

Dr. Rodríguez, founding provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since September 2014, is the first Hispanic president of a four-year college in SUNY history. He has also served as president, ad interim, and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA). Prior to arriving at UTPA, Dr. Rodríguez served as the deputy provost, vice provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs, and professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware in addition to servings as a faculty member and former director of the Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world.

Dr. Rodríguez held a faculty position and several administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez for more than a decade, and served as director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association. He also has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan’s Population Fellow’s Program. Dr. Rodríguez has served on a number of committees for the National Academy of Sciences and on review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ford Foundation; and was the Chair of the Latina/Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

He was also the principal investigator for the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program: Training the Next Generation of Disaster Researchers, funded by NSF. Currently, he serves as the principal investigator for an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant aimed at increasing the representation, participation, and leadership of women faculty in STEM fields.

Dr. Rodríguez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, his Masters in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Rodríguez’s appointment is effective on or about September 14, 2017, at an annual salary of $525,000.

About Dr. Dan Hocoy

Dr. Hocoy is currently the associate vice chancellor of advancement for Antioch University System, and previously served as president of Antioch University in Seattle. Over his career, Dr. Hocoy has focused on improving student success, developing new programs, and enhancing institutional sustainability in a number of capacities including provost, chief academic officer, chief operating officer, chief student affairs officer, director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, as well as director of International Programs and Diversity. He has designed innovative frameworks for curriculum and modalities for learning that harness the latest pedagogical and technological advancements.

Dr. Hocoy speaks several different languages and is author to numerous articles and book chapters that intersect higher learning, psychology, art and culture. His dissertation was the first study to examine the psychological impact of apartheid in South Africa and was solicited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to structure its processes. Dr. Hocoy’s publications in art therapy are considered seminal in the field and can be found in the discipline’s textbooks, and his curricular innovations are also widely published.

Dr. Hocoy received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters and Ph. D in clinical psychology from Queen’s University in Canada. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education executive program as well as the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

His appointment is effective July 1, 2017, at an annual salary of $225,000.

About John “Jay” Quaintance

Jay Quaintance has worked in higher education for the past 20 years. He was recently serving as acting president at Sullivan County Community College. Prior to joining the campus, he was assistant secretary to education for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and before that, assistant vice chancellor for community colleges as well as assistant vice chancellor and assistant provost for community college policy and programming at SUNY System Administration.

He has a long history of working with community colleges, beginning with his assignments in the field of student services, where he served as an instructor in Upward Bound and then as the director of TRIO Student Support Services. In addition, Quaintance has worked as an instructor, department chair, and assistant dean of academic affairs at the community college level.

Quaintance received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in rhetoric and the teaching of writing from New Mexico State University.

His appointment is effective immediately at an annual salary of $160,000.

About the State University of New York
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