Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced she is recommending to the SUNY Board of Trustees that Mitch
Leventhal be appointed vice chancellor for global affairs.
Subject to approval by the
SUNY Board, Leventhal’s appointment will be effective September 15, 2009.
Leventhal will be responsible
for developing and coordinating the University’s system-wide global academic
strategy and operations, as well as representing SUNY’s global interests at a
center to be developed in Manhattan.
“If the SUNY system is to be
the model for the world, then we must strengthen our efforts in international
education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Mitch Leventhal is the right person to
enhance coordination of our international efforts and to break ground in
developing new initiatives, and I look forward to presenting him to the SUNY
In partnership with the SUNY
Provost, campus presidents and campus international academic affairs officers,
Leventhal will enhance current SUNY system-wide programs and develop new ones
in order to boost collaboration and international partnerships.
Zimpher’s recently-concluded tour of all 64 campuses, the subject of
strengthening SUNY’s role international education was a frequent topic of
“I am very grateful to
Chancellor Zimpher for her confidence,” said Leventhal.
“SUNY does an outstanding job
in many aspects of international education, and it has the potential to do so
much more. I look forward to meeting with the SUNY Board of Trustees and
discussing strategies for advancing SUNY throughout the world.”
Leventhal is known for
leveraging university capabilities to create new global opportunities for
students and faculty members. These efforts also extend the capabilities of
“American business is very
challenged by today's economy,” said Leventhal, “The extent to which SUNY can
bring solutions to the table that impact job creation and trade in the near-term,
the more relevant we are to the future of New York state.”
Previously, Leventhal served
as vice provost for international affairs at the University of Cincinnati, with responsibilities for global strategy, institutional collaboration,
international recruitment, and curricular internationalization. Reporting units
included UC International Planning, UC International Programs and UC
Leventhal has extensive
international experience across many industry verticals, including shipping,
chemicals, finance, insurance, information technology, technology transfer and
education. He is widely recognized as a leader in international student recruitment
strategy, enterprise-wide data systems, consortium-based initiatives, and
Leventhal was founder and
president of the Microstate Corporation, adjunct assistant professor of Information
Management Systems at The George Washington University, founding CEO of the
Intellectual Property Technology Exchange, co-founder vice president for
Strategic Initiatives and managing director, of Planet Payment, Inc., and more.
Prior to his last position at the University of Cincinnati, he headed North
American operations for IDP, a firm owned by Australian universities.
He is Chairman and President
of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), and sits on numerous
other commissions and boards.
Leventhal earned a bachelor’s
degree in Latin American Politics and a master’s in Comparative and
Developmental policies from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D.
in the International Political Economy of Education from the University of Chicago.
With this appointment,
Leventhal would be designated a tenured member of the faculty of the State
University of New York.
the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 440,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
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Dr. Leventhal's work was
the subject of a recent article in The
Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription).Dr. Leventhal will earn
a state salary of $180,000 and will receive a monthly housing allowance of