SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall, Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson Announce Search for System Provost

October 5, 2017

Search Committee Includes College and University Presidents, SUNY Leaders, Faculty, Students

Albany – State University of New York Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today announced a search for SUNY’s next provost, who will coordinate the university system’s vast academic enterprise in close collaboration with senior leadership at its 64 colleges and universities. The provost’s office includes a broad and diverse range of responsibilities, such as academic program review, data collection, student mobility, and the implementation of SUNY-wide policy in support of student success.

"As the country’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education, SUNY requires a provost with the experience and expertise to move our sprawling network of colleges and universities forward, building on the best that each of our campuses has to offer in service to our students, faculty, and staff as well as New York State’s communities," said Chairman McCall. "My thanks to Stony Brook University President Sam Stanley for agreeing to chair our search committee and to the leaders, students, faculty, and staff who will work together to bring us our next provost."

"The SUNY provost is a key member of our senior leadership team, leading the efforts to advance academic excellence, ensure SUNY offers the broadest possible access, and foster pathways for student success and completion," said Chancellor Johnson. "I have every confidence that the search committee will recruit an outstanding leader who has the strategic vision and commitments to diversity, innovation, and excellence necessary to ensure SUNY continues to serve as a model of what public higher education can and should be."

The Provost Search Committee, chaired by Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley, is composed of representatives from all facets of SUNY including trustees, presidents, faculty, staff, and students. Committee members will serve on a volunteer basis, without compensation, and begin their work immediately.

The search committee will review applications, screen candidates, and recommend a pool of final candidates to the chairman, chancellor, and SUNY Board of Trustees for the Board’s final approval.

Additional information about the SUNY provost search is available online. All applications, confidential inquiries, and nominations for the search can be sent to:

Serving on the search committee are:

SUNY Trustees

  • Marc Cohen, President of Student Assembly, SUNY Board of Trustees
  • Gwen Kay, President of Faculty Senate, SUNY Board of Trustees
  • Stan Litow, SUNY Board of Trustees
  • Nina Tamrowski, President of Faculty Council, SUNY Board of Trustees

SUNY Presidents

  • John Ettling, President, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Bahgat Sammakia, President, SUNY Poly
  • Samuel Stanley, President, Stony Brook University
  • Marion Terenzio, President, SUNY Cobleskill
  • Randall VanWagoner, President, Mohawk Valley Community College

Campus Personnel

  • Michael Cain, VP of Health Services & Dean, School of Medicine, University at Buffalo
  • Mark Prus, Provost, SUNY Cortland
  • Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer, Suffolk County Community College

SUNY System

  • Joseph Porter, General Counsel, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
  • Grace Wang, Interim Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2017, more than 430,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served nearly 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2016-17 academic year. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 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

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