Stephen Kolison, Jr. has been named the fourteenth president of the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is scheduled to take office on August 17.
SUNY Fredonia, in far western New York State near the shores of Lake Erie, enrolls about 4,400 undergraduate students and more than 200 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 9 percent of the undergraduate student body.
“Thank you for this tremendous opportunity and confidence,” Dr. Kolison said. “To the students at Fredonia, I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be of service to you all. Regardless of your background, the State University of New York at Fredonia is your university. You belong! So, embrace it, love it, and take full advantage of all that it has to offer. I will work hard each day to ensure that you are successful in your endeavors.”
Since April 1, 2017, Dr. Kolison has served as executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Kolison received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Liberia in Africa. He holds, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in forest economics from Iowa State University.