Chancellor Zimpher To Recommend Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner As President of SUNY Buffalo State

May 30, 2014

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she will recommend Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner as the next president of SUNY Buffalo State. Dr. Conway-Turner is the current provost of Hood College in Maryland.

The SUNY Board of Trustees will consider the appointment at its next meeting.

“Dr. Conway-Turner is an experienced leader with New York roots, having served as provost of SUNY Geneseo for five years and continuing to contribute locally through her volunteerism with H.O.P.E,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Howard Cohen for his exemplary leadership and service to SUNY and Western New York. The search committee and all those responsible for luring Dr. Conway-Turner back to the SUNY family did an outstanding job and I commend all of them for their work. I am very confident Dr. Conway-Turner will be an outstanding leader for our students, faculty, staff at SUNY Buffalo State as well as for Western New York, and I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Conway-Turner said, “I am very honored and excited to be considered for the next president of Buffalo State College. I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with the Board of Trustees about my goals and vision to continue to advance SUNY and the College and how we can build upon the already existing collaborations and create new partnerships within the City of Buffalo and around the State; and to enhance Buffalo State’s impact on the community and our student’s lives.”  

About Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner

Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D., has served as provost, vice president of Academic Affairs, and professor of Psychology at Hood College in Maryland since July 2010. She is a lifelong educator, scholar, author and humanitarian who, during her 28-year academic career, has served in various leadership and administrative positions and as a professor of psychology at five universities.

From 2004 to 2009, Conway-Turner was provost, vice president of academic affairs, and professor of psychology at SUNY Geneseo, where she was responsible for all 20 academic programs, as well as overseeing policies, budgets and personnel. In addition to her teaching and research, Conway-turner has traveled to Haiti regularly over the past decade, performing humanitarian work as a member of H.O.P.E., a not-for-profit, volunteer organization based in Rochester, N.Y., assisting the people of Borgne, Haiti, in achieving equitable, just, and sustainable living conditions.

Prior to that, she was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware. Other positions she has held include American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the College of New Jersey, director of the Women’s Studies Program at the College of Arts and Sciences, and graduate program coordinator at the University of Delaware. She has also held teaching positions at Santa Clara University and California State University, Long Beach.

Conway-Turner has Ph.D. in Psychology, M.A. in Psychology, and B.A. Microbiology, all from the University of Kansas.

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