SUNY Chancellor to Recommend Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock as President of Empire State College

April 18, 2013

Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she will recommend to the SUNY Board of Trustees that Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock be appointed as president of Empire State College.


Dr. Hancock is a current vice president at Central Michigan University’s Global Campus, which is comprised of 50 campuses across the country, and includes community colleges, online programs, and remote locations such as military centers.


“Dr. Hancock’s experience and knowledge of higher learning and especially the delivery of online programs across campuses and international borders is certain to serve students and faculty at Empire State College and throughout our system very well,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As we implement Open SUNY and work to leverage our systemness in greater service to New York State and all who live and work here, Dr. Hancock’s leadership will be invaluable.”


The Board will consider Chancellor Zimpher’s recommendation at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. Chancellor Zimpher and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met with Dr. Hancock this week.


“Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees have outlined an aggressive vision for the State University system, one that has positioned SUNY as a national leader in many respects,” said Dr. Hancock. “It would be an honor to join SUNY’s leadership team at such a volatile time in its history and to work with Empire State faculty, staff, and students as the college continues to build upon an expansive offering of degree programs and services.”


About Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock

Dr. Hancock has served since 2007 as vice president for Central Michigan University’s Global Campus and is responsible for the delivery of academic programs for the University’s remote campuses, military and community college locations, and online programs. Between 2000-07, Dr. Hancock held both teaching and administrative positions at the University of Maryland University College, serving as associate vice president between 2005-07. Dr. Hancock holds a B.A (Economics) from Scripps College, an M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University and a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.

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