SUNY Board of Trustees Announce Members of the Chancellor Search Committee

April 8, 2022

Representatives from SUNY Board, Campus Presidents, Students, Faculty, Alumni, as Well as State and National Leaders Who Bring Decades of Experience and Diverse Viewpoints to Global Search

Albany, NY – The SUNY Board of Trustees today announced the members of the chancellor search committee, who include key stakeholders from the SUNY Board of Trustees, campus presidents, students, faculty, alumni, as well as state and national leaders.

Search committee members represent a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds to the SUNY Board’s global search. They are assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and complemented by multiple workgroups made up of SUNY students, alumni, faculty representatives, and labor and community leaders bringing together diverse viewpoints from SUNY campuses and the communities in which they serve.

In the coming weeks, Isaacson, Miller will recruit candidates for the search committee’s consideration, who will then prepare a list of recommended finalists to advance to the SUNY Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will consider the finalists and then vote in public session to name the 15th Chancellor of the State University of New York.

Serving on the search committee are:

  • Merryl H. Tisch, SUNY Board Chairman and Co-Chair of the Search Committee
  • Cesar Perales, SUNY Board Vice-Chairman and Co-Chair of the Search Committee
  • Ursula Burns, Founder of Integrum and Member of the Investment Committee, Chairwoman of Teneo, Former Chairwoman & CEO of Xerox and VEON, Ltd.
  • Eric Corngold, SUNY Board Trustee, Partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
  • Marcos Crespo, SUNY Board Trustee, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at Montefiore Medical Center
  • Dr. Kristine D. Duffy, President, SUNY Adirondack Community College
  • James Haddon, SUNY Board Trustee, Senior Managing Director for Ramirez Asset Management and Ramirez & Co.
  • Kelly Ieong, Urologist Resident at Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, Eighth Congressional District of NY, Binghamton University bachelor’s, class of 1992
  • Keith Landa, SUNY Board Trustee, President of the University Faculty Senate
  • Eunice A. Lewin, SUNY Board Trustee
  • Stanley S. Litow, SUNY Board Trustee, Professor and Innovator in Residence at Duke University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University
  • Martha Pollack, President, Cornell University
  • Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany
  • Marilyn Simons, Co-President of MJS Foundation, Board Member and Co-Chair for the Simons Foundation, Stony Brook University bachelor’s, class of 1974, and PhD in 1984
  • Cary F. Staller, SUNY Board Trustee, President of Staller Associates, Inc.
  • Harvey Stenger, President, Binghamton University
  • Camille Joseph Varlack, SUNY Board Trustee, Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Bradford Edwards & Varlack LLP
  • Wendell Weeks, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Corning Inc.

For more information about the SUNY chancellor search or to provide suggestions of potential candidates, please visit the Isaacson, Miller website at this link.

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