John King Appointed the Fifteenth Chancellor of the State University of New York

A former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration, John King has been serving since 2017 as the president of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students in early childhood, K-12 education, and higher education.

In Memoriam: Samella Sanders Lewis, 1923-2022

Dr. Lewis, a major figure in the world of African American art, joined the faculty at Scripps College in Claremont, California, in 1970, where she was the first Black scholar to be awarded tenure. The Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art was created by Scripps College in her honor in 2007.

Sonya Smith to Lead the State University of New York’s Small Business Development Center Network

Sonya Smith was named the SUNY State Director of the New York Small Business Development Centers. She is the first woman and first African American appointed to lead New York’s vast SBDC network in its nearly 40-year history.

In Memoriam: Teresa Ann Miller, 1962-2021

Teresa A. Miller was senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer for the State University of New York. Earlier, Miller was a tenured professor of law at the University at Buffalo, specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure, and prisoner law.

Samuel Mukasa Is the New Provost at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Mukasa is the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and former dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Eric J. Essene Professor of Geochemistry at the University of New Hampshire.

Two African American Women in New Administrative Posts at Universities

Sabrina Johnson was appointed vice president for equity and access and chief diversity officer at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and Teresa A. Miller was named senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the State University of New York System.

African Americans Named President at Two Community Colleges in New York

Michael A. Baston was appointed president of Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, and Orinthia T. Montague was appointed the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. Both new presidents will take office in July.

SUNY Appoints Wayne J. Riley as the Next President of Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Riley has been serving as a clinical professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians. Earlier in his career, Dr. Riley was president, CEO, and professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proposal Would Provide Free College Tuition for Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers

Under the so-called Excelsior Scholarship plan, tuition at all two- and four-year college of the State University of New York System and the City University of New York System would be paid by the state for all full-time students from families whose income are below $125,000.

The New Chief Diversity Officer at Empire State College in New York

Elliott Dawes has been named the inaugural chief diversity officer for institutional equity and inclusion at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a campus of the State University of New York System. He will be based in the college's New York City offices.

Danielle Laraque-Arena Named President of SUNY’s Upstate Medical University

A native of Haiti, Dr. Laraque-Arena has been serving as chair of the department of pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and as a professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

In 1991, Dr. Donald E. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland, the first African American dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also was the first Black president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Next President of Buffalo State University

Katherine Conway-Turner, provost at Hood College in Maryland, has been selected as the next president of Buffalo State University, a member of the State University of New York system. The appointment must still be approved by the SUNY board of trustees.

SUNY System Signs Partnership Agreement With the University of the West Indies

The State University of New York has entered into a partnership with the University of the West Indies to establish collaborative research projects and to facilitate faculty and student exchanges. The University of the West Indies has campuses in 16 countries in the Caribbean region.

Three African American Women Earn Promotions in University Administrations

The three African-American women earning promotions are Carmen Wigfall at Winston-Salem State University, Betty Roberts at Alcorn State University, and Lisa McKay at the State University of New York.

SUNY Extends Financial Aid Program for Haitian Students

The board of trustees of the State University of New York has renewed authorization of a program that offers state resident tuition for students from Haiti through the spring semester of 2014.

Robert J. Jones Named President of the University at Albany

For the past eight years, Dr. Jones has been the senior vice president for academic administration for the University of Minnesota system.

Carl McCall Named to Lead SUNY Board of Trustees

A former state senator, McCall has served on the SUNY board since 2007.

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