Board of Trustees Appoint SUNY Interim Provost and Niagara County Community College Interim President

September 12, 2017

Saratoga Springs – The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Jinliu “Grace” Wang as SUNY’s Interim Provost, and in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of Niagara County Community College, appointed Dr. William J. Murabito the campus’s Interim President.

About Dr. Jinliu “Grace” Wang

Since Dr. Wang joined SUNY in January 2017 as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, she has played a leading role in designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY’s research, graduate education, industry relations, and economic development activities. In her relatively short time at SUNY, Dr. Wang has demonstrated an inclusive, results-driven approach to working with campuses, faculty, and students that will be critical to the success of the Provost’s office during this time of transition.

Prior to joining SUNY, she served as acting Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she led the Engineering directorate and managed a funding portfolio of over $900 million to invest in frontier engineering research, support engineering education, and foster innovation and technology commercialization. Prior to that time, she served as NSF’s Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering, a capacity in which she oversaw the operation of the Directorate for Engineering, and helped identify and implement research, innovation, and education priorities.

Dr. Wang earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Wang’s appointment is effective immediately, and she will receive a $5,000 per month state salary supplement.

About Dr. William J. Murabito

Dr. Murabito has provided guidance to colleges in transition and stability to the college communities he has served. He held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.

Prior to those appointments, Dr. Murabito held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002, including Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Executive Director for University Technology Colleges, and as Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Life.

Dr. Murabito earned his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College, a master’s from the University at Albany, and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. His appointment is effective on October 16, 2017, at a salary of $200,000. His appointment will continue for twelve months, or until the Board of Trustees appoints a successor.

About the State University of New York
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