The New Leader of Buffalo State University in New York

Bonita R. Durand was named interim president of Buffalo State University, a campus of the State University of New York System. She will not be a candidate for permanent president of the university.

Bonita Durand retired in 2018 after 22 years of service to SUNY Buffalo State, where she served as chief of staff and secretary to the Buffalo State College Council. Durand served under five presidents at Buffalo State during her tenure. In addition, she was a graduate faculty member in the university’s higher education administration department, where she taught courses on the history of American higher education and strategic planning and finance in higher education.

Dr. Durand earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and curriculum development from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a master’s degree in applied public affairs and a Ph.D. with a concentration in higher education administration and a focus on institutional advancement from the University at Buffalo.

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