Darrell P. Wheeler was appointed president of the State University of New York at New Paltz. He will take office on July 18.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named New Paltz’s ninth president and to join a campus community I have already come to respect and admire,” Dr. Wheeler said. “I look forward to working together with students and colleagues at New Paltz to advocate for the value of a liberal education tailored to 21st century needs and build upon the institution’s core values of access, integrity, inclusion, social justice, leadership, and excellence.
SUNY-New Paltz enrolls nearly 6,600 undergraduate students and nearly 900 graduate students, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Since 2018, Dr. Wheeler has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Previously, he was s professor and dean of the School of Social Welfare and vice provost for public engagement at the University at Albany of the State University of New York. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wheeler was dean and professor at Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Wheeler is a graduate of Cornell University. He holds a master of social work degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., as well as a master of public health degree and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.