Dr. Jeffrey M. Cheek Appointed President of the Research Foundation for SUNY

May 9, 2016

Albany – The State University of New York and Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) today announced the RF Board of Directors selection of Dr. Jeffrey M. Cheek as president of the RF. Dr. Cheek is the current associate vice chancellor for research administration at North Carolina State University.

In this position, Dr. Cheek will be responsible for ensuring that all RF services provided to SUNY campuses are of the highest quality and consistent with national best practices. This will include: ongoing improvement in sponsored programs administration and technology; ensuring that technology commercialization—supporting SUNY’s many faculty discoveries and start-ups—aligns with campus needs and expectations; continuous improvement to the risk management and control systems in compliance with federal, state, RF, and sponsor specific policies and procedures; and working in partnership with SUNY leadership to support SUNY’s overarching research goals.

"Dr. Cheek comes to the RF with nearly 20 years of senior experience in research administration, making him an ideal partner for SUNY as we continue to build a system-wide research portfolio that answers society’s highest needs and greatest challenges," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I am confident that Dr. Cheek is the right leader at precisely the right time for the RF, and I look forward to working with him."

"The Board has been in search of an experienced leader who would support the core mission of the Research Foundation for SUNY," said John B. Fitzgibbons, chairman of the Research Foundation for SUNY Board of Directors. "Jeff brings a tremendous amount of expertise in sponsored programs, research administration information services, and research integrity. He is a recognized leader in creating a culture of compliance through established relationships with institution leaders, faculty and staff."

"SUNY has committed to substantially growing its sponsored research activity to further increase our impact on finding solutions to state and global challenges," said SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, who has served as interim president of the RF since January 2015. "To do that, our researchers need excellent leadership that reduces administrative burden and enables translation of their impactful discoveries. Dr. Cheek understands that and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position."

Dr. Cheek said, "I want to thank the RF Board of Directors, Chancellor Zimpher and Provost Cartwright for the opportunity to serve as President of the Research Foundation for SUNY. I am honored to have the chance to support SUNY’s research priorities and faculty scholars across the system."

Dr. Cheek's appointment is effective June 6, 2016 at an annual salary of $275,000.

About Dr. Jeffrey M. Cheek
Dr. Cheek currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration at North Carolina State University. His broad responsibilities include research administration information services, sponsored programs administration, and operations. He is responsible for regulatory compliance, including human and animal subjects, conflicts of interest and commitment management, export controls, facility security matters, and research integrity. Dr. Cheek serves as the primary facilitator for coordinating research-related operations. Dr. Cheek received his PhD and MS in Public Health from the University at California Los Angeles and his BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Research Foundation for SUNY
The RF is the largest, most comprehensive university connected research foundation in the country with a dedicated charge to support the faculty driven research enterprise of SUNY. The RF provides SUNY faculty, students and staff with vital administrative systems, policies, and processes necessary to conduct a very active portfolio of research and other sponsored program activity. The RF provides effective and transparent administration of sponsored programs, oversight of regulatory compliance and financial accountability, and support of campus efforts to commercialize intellectual property created on campuses. In the 2015 fiscal year, the RF managed $899.3 million in research expenditures related to 6,809 projects; invention disclosures reached 293.

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 suny.edu.

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