SUNY Board Appoints Joel Pierre-Louis as Secretary of the University

March 21, 2014

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees this week appointed Joel Pierre-Louis as secretary of the university. In this capacity, Pierre-Louis will serve as SUNY’s senior liaison to the members of the Board, and manage the Board office.

“We are very pleased that Joel will be returning to SUNY System Administration as secretary of the university,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “Joel is a true product of SUNY, having earned his bachelor’s degree from the University Albany and serving as a member of our legal team at System Administration for 10 years. His administrative experience gained at DASNY in the years since is certain to provide the SUNY Board with excellent counsel and support. We look forward to working with him.”

About Joel Pierre-Louis

Joel Pierre-Louis is currently the senior director of operations at the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, a position he has held since 2008 in which he is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of DASNY’s human resources, records management, risk management, operations, and building services functions.

For 10 years prior, from 1998 to 2008, Pierre-Louis served as associate counsel at SUNY System Administration, providing a range of strategic legal and policy analysis services to SUNY and the Board of Trustees as well as campuses across the system.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Cum Laude, from the University at Albany.

About the SUNY Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists of 18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio trustees.

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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