SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Alison Buckley as President of SUNY Ulster

June 7, 2022

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Albany, NY
– Upon the recommendation of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees and State University of New York Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley, the SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Alison Buckley as president of SUNY Ulster. The statement was announced by the Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Stanley and becomes effective on July 27, 2022.

"Dr. Buckley has incredible leadership qualities and an unwavering belief in the importance of community colleges and how they can propel students to further educational opportunities and successful careers," said Interim Chancellor Stanley. "We trust Dr. Buckley will apply her knowledge and aptitude to her presidency and strive to push equity and inclusion efforts in all decision-making at SUNY Ulster. Many thanks to SUNY Ulster's Board of Trustees and the search committee for bringing forth such a stellar candidate, and to President Alan Roberts for his dedicated service to the SUNY Ulster community since 2015."

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee and SUNY Ulster Vice Chair, Deborah Briggs, said, "Dr. Buckley brings a focus on student success and a track record in enrollment management, with over 20 years of experience in both the college and university settings in executive leadership, enrollment management, marketing, recruitment, and program and budget management, which is vital as we enter the next chapter of SUNY Ulster's commitment to serving students and the community."

"Dr. Buckley's expertise comes at a critically important time in the landscape of community colleges, which are rapidly evolving due to the unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19 abound with many opportunities to offer new and traditional programs that provide career, transfer, and economic development opportunities to the region," said Chairman of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees, Alan Lomita.

Incoming President Dr. Buckley said, "Community colleges are well positioned to set students on a trajectory for higher education and to pursue their goals, and that is why I am excited to join SUNY Ulster as their next president. I share the goals of the SUNY Ulster community to provide a safe and welcoming academic experience and will focus on ensuring students enroll and stay on track to get their college education. I look forward to working with the campus's faculty and staff to create education opportunities for our students and will look to mitigate any barriers in their path. My thanks to the SUNY Board of Trustees, Chancellor Stanley, and the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees for this opportunity."

About Dr. Alison Buckley

Dr. Alison Buckley currently serves as the vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for Connecticut State Community Colleges (CT State). In this role, she is responsible for establishing the strategic enrollment management direction for the state's community colleges. She also leads the reform efforts for Student Affairs to ensure all community college students, regardless of location, have the support and resources needed to be successful.

Prior to joining CT State, Dr. Buckley served for seven years as the associate vice president of Enrollment Management at Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland. During her tenure, HCC was consistently recognized for best practices in the field of enrollment management and had the strongest enrollment among Maryland's community colleges. Dr. Buckley also served as the executive director of the Offices of Admission at the University of Baltimore. She was the managing director of graduate recruitment at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park as well as the director of business development for the Executive Education Division. Prior to moving to Maryland, she worked at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at American College Dublin, the Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, and Howard Community College.

Dr. Buckley has presented nationally on matters related to enrollment management and performance improvement. She currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation. In Maryland, she served on the Lieutenant Governor's task force on two-generation poverty and the Governor's task force for students with disabilities. Dr. Buckley currently serves as a trustee of Randolph College.

Dr. Buckley received her bachelor's degree from Randolph College, a master's degree in history and a postgraduate certificate in museum studies from the University of Delaware, an M.Phil. in women's studies from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a doctorate in organizational leadership studies from Northeastern University.

About the State University of New York
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