Chancellor Johnson Names Josee Larochelle Officer-In-Charge of SUNY Plattsburgh

June 14, 2019

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Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced the appointment of Josee Larochelle as officer-in-charge of SUNY Plattsburgh effective July 1, 2019 following the retirement of President John Ettling. She will provide ongoing administrative leadership of the campus while the search for the next president continues. Chancellor Johnson is committed to finding a permanent president by the end of the 2019 calendar year.

About Josee Larochelle

Larochelle currently leads the Division of Administration and Finance at SUNY Plattsburgh overseeing the financials, as well as physical and human resources. She joined the campus in 2017 after 16 years of executive-level finance and administration experience in higher education while at the San Jose State University and University of California, Riverside.

Prior to work in public higher education, she served in finance and administration functions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the County Transportation Commission in Los Angeles.

Larochelle earned a masters in business administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and a bachelor of arts in economics at University of California, Los Angeles.

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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