SUNY Board Announces Leadership at Polytechnic Institute, Cobleskill, Geneseo, and Herkimer Campuses

January 13, 2015

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute; Dr. Marion Terenzio as president of SUNY Cobleskill; and Dr. Denise A. Battles as president of SUNY Geneseo; and approved the appointment of Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin as president of Herkimer County Community College.

About Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Kaloyeros has provided executive leadership and served as chief executive officer and officer-in-charge of SUNY Poly since its creation by the Board of Trustees. The newly established State-wide campus provides world-class educational opportunities and technology-driven public-private partnerships at burgeoning physical locations in Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Dr. Kaloyeros was instrumental in establishing the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and has led the institution since its inception. Dr. Kaloyeros has been actively involved in the development and implementation of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s high-tech strategy to enable New York State to become a global leader in the nanotechnology-driven economy of the 21st Century. Under Dr. Kaloyeros’ leadership and vision, SUNY Poly is well positioned to become one of the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprises, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing thousands of corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge research, development, and commercialization of nano-electronics and nanotechnology innovations. Dr. Kaloyeros has a decades-long successful association with the State University of New York, beginning with a faculty appointment at the University at Albany in July 1988. He holds 13 patents, has authored or co-authored over 200 articles, and has contributed to seven books on topics pertaining to the science and technology of nano-electronics and nano-optoelectronics ultrathin film materials, atomic layer vapor phase deposition processes, and nanoscale X-ray, electron, and photon-based characterization and metrology. Dr. Kaloyeros received his Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He is a past recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the NSF Research Initiation Award, the Albany Foundation 1995 Academic Laureate Award, the 1997 Center for Economic Growth Enterprise Award, the 1999 Citizen of the University Award, the 2002 Outstanding Inventor Award of the SUNY RF, and is a member of the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame.

Dr. Kaloyeros’ appointment is effective March 1, 2015, at an annual salary of $490,000. In addition to this State salary, Dr. Kaloyeros will receive $311,700 per year from the College Local Foundation or the Research Foundation for SUNY in recognition and support of his ongoing activities to raise the innovation, scholarly, academic, and philanthropic profile of SUNY Poly, for a total compensation package of $801,700.

About Dr. Marion Terenzio, SUNY Cobleskill
Dr. Terenzio has served as the vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of faculty at Bloomfield College in New Jersey for the past 10 years. There, she helped to transform the College and establish its strong and wide-spread reputation. Under Dr. Terenzio’s leadership, the College has implemented many highly innovative programs and practices that enhance student success, including a competency-based general education program. Recently, Dr. Terenzio led the efforts to create an urban sustainability program focusing on enhanced social-intellectual development opportunities for impoverished children and providing a community-based economic driver for surrounding communities. Prior, she held several positions at The Sage Colleges over a 26-year period, including associate professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, professor in the Department of Psychology; and vice president for Campus Life. Dr. Terenzio has received numerous awards for her community work, served on professional national, regional, and State association boards, published numerous papers, and is actively engaged in various community and government service groups. She received her baccalaureate degree in Music from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Michigan State University, a second master’s degree in Community Psychology from the Sage Graduate School of The Sage Colleges, and a Ph.D. in Ecological and Community Psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. Terenzio’s appointment is effective on or about July 1, 2015, at an annual salary of $195,000.

About Dr. Denise A. Battles, SUNY Geneseo
Denise A. Battles has served since July 2012 as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (“UNCW”). Dr. Battles began her academic career at Georgia Southern University, joining the faculty of the Department of Geology and Geography as assistant professor of Geology in 1990. While moving through the academic ranks at Georgia Southern to associate professor and professor, she served in numerous administrative capacities, including assistant dean and associate dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology. In 2005, she was recruited as the first (founding) dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, a position she held until her UNCW appointment. Dr. Battles’ academic career has included numerous distinctions and leadership contributions at the national level. Dr. Battles has worked with colleague provosts on the development and implementation of a new national association serving chief academic officers, the Association of Chief Academic Officers (“ACAO”), and was elected as a founding officer upon that organization’s official launch in 2014. Dr. Battles makes professional contributions as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. A native of upstate New York, Battles received her baccalaureate degree in geology from Colgate University and Ph.D. in geology from the University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Battles’ appointment is effective on or about July 1, 2015, at an annual salary of $240,000.

About Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin, Herkimer County Community College
Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin has been involved with community colleges from the time she first enrolled at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a student, and obtained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve while pursing her higher education goals. Dr. McColgin has, since 1988, held several positions at two of SUNY’s community colleges. Most recently, she has been the provost and senior vice president for the Educational Services Division at Onondaga Community College, since 2008. For 20 years prior, she was at Cayuga Community College serving in many different capacities, from instructor to associate dean, before becoming provost of the college’s branch campus in Fulton, New York, in 2005. Dr. McColgin holds an A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy from Washtenaw Community College, an A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Cayuga Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Syracuse University, a Master’s of Science degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing form Syracuse University, and a Ph.D in Higher Education-Teaching/Administration from Syracuse University.

Dr. Colgin’s appointment is effective on or about June 1, 2015, at an annual salary of $168,000.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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