Chancellor Johnson Announces First Two Endowed Professorships at SUNY Cobleskill

August 14, 2019

Launch is Part of  Chancellor’s SUNY Scholars of Excellence Challenge to Build up to 1000 Endowed Professors Across the State by 2030

Professorships Showcase Most Gifted Educators

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today announced that SUNY Cobleskill has created the system’s first two faculty endowments under the new statewide launch of SUNY Scholars of Excellence program, designed to recognize the most distinguished faculty on its campuses.  

The endowed professorships were created in response to a challenge from the Chancellor, which she issued during her State of the University System address in January. Chancellor Johnson’s goal for the SUNY system is to have in total 1,000 endowed professors by 2030, which will contribute to the distinction of SUNY faculty. Campus leadership will use these endowed chairs to recruit top talent and retain faculty of distinction.

"We are so thrilled that SUNY Cobleskill is taking the lead on this important initiative that attracts and showcases the excellent faculty we have on our campuses," said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. "Securing the funding for an endowed professorship is a challenge, but important to ensure we retain the most outstanding scholars and educators. I applaud President Terenzio and the donor, Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, for their commitment to inspiring excellence on the campus, and to the students who attend Cobleskill."

"SUNY Cobleskill is proud to be the first to step up to Chancellor Johnson’s SUNY endowed professorship challenge," said Marion Terenzio, president of SUNY Cobleskill. "We appreciate the Chancellor’s leadership in building a structure that will enhance our faculty work, foster student applied learning, and create strategic reserves for our future. In true Cobleskill style, the endowed professorships will be chosen from our own faculty through shared governance, recognizing the extraordinary work and accomplishments of our college academic enterprise."

SUNY Cobleskill will have an endowed professorship in both The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and The School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The professorships were endowed by Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, Inc. a non-profit organization that partners with the college to provide support and services to students, both in and out of the classroom.

About SUNY Cobleskill

With an emphasis on applied learning and experiential, interdisciplinary education, SUNY Cobleskill prepares students for successful careers, advanced studies, and engaged citizenship. An accredited, baccalaureate, residential college, SUNY Cobleskill fosters a rich academic tradition that spans more than 100 years. Today, students are enrolled in 58 baccalaureate and associate degree programs offered through two schools – The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and The School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences. A contiguous farm, with an equestrian center and 200-cow dairy facility, is housed on the modern, 902-acre campus, which features outstanding educational facilities, including cold and warm water fish hatcheries, specialized classrooms and laboratories, two state-of-the-art culinary arts teaching kitchens, a student-run restaurant, child development and child care centers, an art gallery, and graphic design center. More information about SUNY Cobleskill can be found at

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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