SUNY Board of Trustees Approve Appointments of State and National Leaders with Broad Experience in Breaking Down Barriers to a College Education

January 17, 2023

Donna Linderman, Kapil Longani, and Ian Rosenblum Join SUNY Chancellor King's Team to Build on SUNY's Mission in Providing the Most Accessible and Affordable High Quality Public Higher Education

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Albany, NY – As the State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. builds on SUNY's mission in providing the most accessible and affordable high-quality education for all New Yorkers, state and national experts were appointed today by SUNY's Board of Trustees. At the request of Chancellor King, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the following individuals to his executive leadership team, effective immediately:

  • Donna Linderman, SUNYs First Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Success
  • Kapil Longani, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs & General Counsel
  • Ian Rosenblum, Senior Vice Chancellor for Policy Implementation & Chief of Staff

"We are committed to helping more New Yorkers enroll and succeed in getting their college degree or credential and to advancing excellence and equity across the system. Donna Linderman, Kapil Longani, and Ian Rosenblum are among the top experts in their fields," said Chancellor King. "These exemplary leaders are passionate about student success, diversity and inclusion and have state and national experience in breaking down barriers for our most vulnerable populations, as well as leading policies to improve social mobility."

Alongside the Board appointments, Chancellor King also announced key promotions within SUNY system administration to better serve and support the 64 campuses, and the students, faculty, and staff. They include:

  • Cheryl Hamilton as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Opportunity Programs and Student Advocate
  • Aaron Gladd as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Advisor for Operations and Management
  • Jamie Frank as Associate Vice Chancellor for Policy Implementation
  • Juliana Hernandez-Commisso as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Policy Implementation and Deputy Chief of Staff
About Donna Linderman

Donna Linderman previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY). Over the last fifteen years, Linderman has led the design and implementation of nation-leading student success initiatives. Linderman is a principal architect of the design and scaling of the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model, which has been shown in rigorous, randomized, controlled trial evaluations to double community college completion rates and has been successfully replicated at campuses in New York and other states, including SUNY's Westchester Community College.

Linderman also led the development and execution of CUNY Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE), ASAP at four-year institutions, along with CUNY Start, a nationally recognized initiative to help first-year students with academic gaps successfully enter and succeed in college, and has led successful CUNY system-wide initiatives to improve completion by strengthening academic momentum, reform developmental education, improve educational and employment outcomes for student fathers, and more.

Linderman began her academic career as an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College and holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Theatre from Brooklyn College, and will defend her dissertation for an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University this spring.

About Kapil Longani

Since completing his service as Chief Counsel to the Mayor for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kapil Longani has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and serving as a Policing Project Fellow at NYU Law School. As Chief Counsel to the Mayor, Longani served as chief legal advisor to the Mayor and his senior staff, providing advice in a broad array of policy and legal domains, including the Administration's policy response to COVID-19, education, immigration, criminal justice, economic development, housing, labor negotiations, public health and hospitals, and more.

In addition, Longani's responsibilities included serving as a cabinet-level operations executive responsible for overseeing multiple City agencies, including the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), the Mayor's Office of Information Privacy (MOIP), and Democracy NYC. Prior to NYC government, Longani served as senior counsel to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Congressman Elijah Cummings, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office, and as an associate at Skadden Arps.

Longani holds a BA from Cornell University, a JD from the University of Florida, an LLM from Yale Law School, and a BCL from Oxford University Law School. He clerked for both the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

About Ian Rosenblum

Prior to his current consulting practice, Ian Rosenblum served as Delegated Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Education Department in the Biden Administration. Rosenblum came to the U.S. Education Department after five years as the Founding Executive Director of The Education Trust – New York, the New York State affiliate of national education civil rights non-profit The Education Trust, which works to close equity gaps from preschool to college.

At the Education Trust, Rosenblum led campaigns to improve college access, affordability, and completion, including a first-of-its-kind data tool tracking FAFSA completion and highlighting high schools serving low-income students with exemplary FAFSA completion rates. Previously, Rosenblum served as Deputy Secretary for Education & Economic Opportunity and Director of Policy Coordination in the New York State Governor's Office, where he coordinated efforts to improve alignment between community colleges and workforce needs and to connect education and labor data systems. Rosenblum also served as Secretary of Policy & Planning and Senior Policy Manager & Special Assistant for Strategic Communications for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

Rosenblum holds both a BA in Urban Studies and a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 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 2021, 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 opportunity, visit suny.edu.


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