Albany -- The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the
appointment of Dr. Kimberly R. Cline as
acting president of Empire State College,
13, 2007. Dr.
Cline currently serves as vice chancellor and chief financial officer of SUNY
and will retain her position while she serves as acting president.
“I commend the Board of
Trustees for naming Dr. Cline acting president of Empire State College. Dr.
Cline will be a strong and effective leader for the College, which now enrolls
more than 17,000 students and offers more than 300 degree programs,” said Chancellor
Ryan. “The students, faculty and staff of Empire State College are in very
capable hands. As acting president of Empire State College, Dr. Cline will
build on her outstanding record of success at the SUNY Maritime College, here
at System Administration, at Seton Hall and at Hofstra Universities.”
very pleased that Dr. Cline has become the acting president of Empire State
College. Dr. Cline has shown strong leadership abilities as chief financial officer
of the State University of New York and as an administrator at the Maritime College. We
expect her to excel as the acting president of Empire State College,” said
Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan.
“At this time, we would also
like to thank Dr. Joseph Moore for his tremendous leadership of the campus. Empire State is a far
stronger institution thanks to Joe Moore.” Chairman Egan added. “Record-setting
enrollment, national leadership in distance education, expansion of the campus
facilities, strengthened academic offerings and greatly improved philanthropy are
among his many accomplishments. We wish Joe and his wife Beth, the very best.”
“I am extremely grateful to
the Board of Trustees for this vote of confidence and to Chancellor Ryan for
forwarding my name to the Board for consideration,” said Vice Chancellor Cline.
“I look forward to joining the administrative team at Empire State with the
goal of continuing the very positive momentum of the college established by the
wonderful students, talented faculty, outstanding staff and strong leadership
of President Joseph Moore.”
Dr. Cline will not be a
candidate in the presidential search and will serve as acting president until
such time as a permanent president is named and assumes office.
Dr. Cline has served as vice
chancellor and chief financial officer of the State University of New York
since January 24, 2006, and acted in this capacity since May 24, 2005.
She is responsible for SUNY's $10 billion all-funds budget, and her areas of
oversight span finance administration, information technology, hospitals,
enrollment management, collective bargaining and human resources.
She has worked with the
chancellor on budget development and advocacy, resulting in two of the best
SUNY budgets in the past two decades. Dr. Cline successfully negotiated
to increase SUNY's base budget to fund collective bargaining, energy and fringe
From 1999-2005, Dr. Cline
served the State University of New York Maritime College as vice president,
chief operating officer and chief of staff and headed a transition team that
served to provide increased enrollment and fiscal stability. Prior to her
SUNY service, she was vice president for finance and administration at Seton Hall University,
and also served as university attorney and assistant vice president for business
affairs/treasurer at Hofstra University.
Dr. Cline earned a B.S. in
industrial relations at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill in
1980. She subsequently earned a Master in Business Administration, a Juris
Doctor degree and a Doctorate of Educational Administration at Hofstra University.
Founded in 1971, Empire State
College is one of SUNY’s 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. ESC is uniquely designed to serve adults pursing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The college offers degrees onsite at 35 locations in
New York State and abroad, as well as entirely online.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.