SUNY Chancellor Appoints Lisa L. McKay as Senior Assistant Provost and Director of UCAWD

January 17, 2013

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the appointment of Lisa L. McKay as senior assistant provost and director of SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD), which supports the social, academic, and economic well-being of residents in need in communities statewide.

McKay currently serves as Director of Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) operations for UCAWD. She will begin her new position on January 31.

“Lisa McKay understands SUNY’s commitment to New York and to the academic and economic needs of its residents,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “She has been a vital member of the UCAWD team for the past 11 years, continuing what has been a career-long commitment to positively affecting communities in need. I look forward to working more closely with Lisa in this new capacity.”

UCAWD directs the activities of New York’s 10 EOCs, two career counseling and outreach centers, and more than 30 Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Labs. Taken together, these programs provide a broad range of services for academically and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers, providing pathways to post-secondary education and gainful employment, and fostering local economic development.

“I was delighted that our national search resulted in the recommendation of an internal candidate not only well-versed in current UCAWD operations, but with a clear vision for moving the organization forward,” said SUNY Provost David Lavallee.“ I have every confidence that Lisa will lead UCAWD, and SUNY’s service to New Yorkers, to new levels of success.”

"I am honored to take on this new role and to work directly with Chancellor Zimpher and Provost Lavallee in furthering SUNY’s dynamic support to underserved New Yorkers,” said McKay. “UCAWD serves more than 35,000 New York residents each year, empowering not only individuals, but their families and communities. I look forward to building on UCAWD’s existing strengths and to identifying new opportunities and partnerships for this outstanding organization.”


About Lisa L. McKay

McKay currently serves as Director of Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) operations for UCAWD, a position she has held since 2002. Prior, she was facility director for the Arbor Hill Community Center, from 1999–2002.

McKay is a SUNY alumnus, with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Albany. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowie State University.

As Senior Assistant Provost and UCAWD Director, McKay will oversee all UCAWD operations, including the center’s partnerships with the New York State Department of Labor and with companies that employ EOC’s graduates. McKay will replace retiring director William Chalmers.


UCAWD leverages the academic resources of SUNY to promote the acquisition of education and skills for all New York State residents. UCAWD oversees:

  • 10 Educational Opportunity Centers - EOCs deliver comprehensive, community-based, academic and workforce development programs and services to adult learners. EOCs assist students in re-entering the education pipeline who may have dropped out of school, are underprepared for the workforce or higher education, or who are seeking new or different skill sets in order to take advantage of new employment opportunities. As institutions with a dual focus on both academic and workforce development, EOCs provide tuition free programs for those who meet residency, academic and economic criteria.
  • Two Career Counseling and Outreach Centers – These Centers assist academic and economically disadvantaged youths and adults ages 16 and over who meet the Educational Opportunity Center income guidelines to prepare for further education and for entering the workforce.
  • State-wide Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Labs - ATTAIN labs provide underserved and economically challenged communities access to comprehensive information technology training and Microsoft industry recognized certification opportunities. ATTAIN labs offer self-paced occupational, academic, life skills and self-development courses.

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 state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 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 2021, 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 opportunity, visit

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