SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Leadership at Four Campuses

November 15, 2013

Albany — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Quentin D. Wheeler as president of SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), Dr. Irby (Skip) Sullivan as president of Alfred State College, Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood as interim president of Upstate Medical University, and Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque as interim president of Cayuga Community College.

About Dr. Quentin D. Wheeler
Dr. Wheeler is currently the founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, and the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. Previously, he served that institution as university vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Wheeler also previously served as the Keeper and Head of Entomology at the National History Museum in London, and as the Division Director of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, after having served in distinguished academic roles for 24 years at Cornell University. Dr. Wheeler is a highly acclaimed entomologist, with many scholarly articles, publications and contributions to the field. He has received several honors, including several fellowships and three species being named in his honor. Dr. Wheeler received his B.S., his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Entomology from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Wheeler's appointment as president of SUNY ESF is effective on or about Jan. 2, 2014, at an annual salary of $275,000.

About Dr. Irby (Skip) Sullivan
Dr. Sullivan has served since 2006 as president of West Georgia Technical College. Between 2004 and 2006, Dr. Sullivan served as chief academic officer at Miller College, and between 2002 and 2004, he served as provost at Glenville State Community and Technical College. Dr. Sullivan earned a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University, an M.S. from Fort Valley State University, and a Ed.D. the from University of Georgia.

Dr. Sullivan's appointment as president of Alfred State College is effective on or after Jan. 2, 2014, at an annual salary of $190,000.

About Dr. Gregory Eastwood
Dr. Eastwood is currently a university professor, professor of Bioethics and Humanities, and professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Eastwood served as president of SUNY Upstate from 1993 to 2006, as interim president at Case Western Reserve University from 2006 to 2007, and directed the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Eastwood received his B.A. from Albion College and his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Eastwood's appointment as interim president of Upstate Medical University is effective immediately, at an annual salary of $545,000.

About Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque
Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque served as the president of Jamestown Community College from August 1994 until his retirement in August 2013. Dr. DeCinque received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including director of student life and dean of instruction at Brookdale Community College, and dean of Academic Affairs at Tunxis Community-Technical College in Farmington, CT. As president of Jamestown Community College, Dr. DeCinque led the campus through its transition to a regional community college.

Dr. DeCinque's appointment as interim president of Cayuga Community College is effective on or about Nov. 20, 2013, at an annual salary of $176,500.

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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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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