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SUNY System Administration
Albany, New York
Commensurate with qualifications
Posted Date
Apr 20, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Chancellor John B. King, Jr. and the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) invite nominations and applications for an experienced, forward-thinking visionary to serve as System Provost and President of the Research Foundation (SPPRF) of the State University of New York, the nation's largest comprehensive public university system. The Governor’s agenda is to ensure SUNY is the best system of public higher education in the nation. Specific goals are to secure SUNY’s place as a globally recognized higher education institution; expand SUNY’s global reach in research and innovation; become the State’s engine for economic development; support students on the path to economic success and upward mobility; and focus on equity so that students can thrive no matter their background. No other state can match New York's civic resolve, the financial resources, and the unwavering commitment to investing in and supporting higher education as a public good.

About The State University of New York (SUNY):
The State University of New York is an educational powerhouse, boasting 64 institutions, a mix of 29 State-operated campuses and five statutory colleges -- including research universities, liberal arts colleges, specialized and technical colleges, health science centers, and land-grand colleges – and 30 community colleges. These institutions serve 1.3 million students annually in more than 7,500 degree, certificate, and continuing education programs across New York State. The University also operates hospitals and numerous research institutes. As a system, SUNY is unparalleled in terms of its educational reach and impact, boasting bachelor and graduate graduation rates that are higher than the national median. SUNY's research and commercialization impacts are of equal magnitude: In FY 22, SUNY institutions reported nearly $1.1 billion in total research activity support and filed 271 patents.

SUNY’s size and the diversity of its institutions amplify its potential for impact through education, research and scholarship, workforce development, K-12 partnerships, and job creation. SUNY is embedded in virtually every community in New York State. Remarkably, 93% of New Yorkers live within 15 miles of a SUNY campus, and nearly 100% live within 30 miles. In many communities, SUNY is also the regions' largest employer. While SUNY students are predominantly New York State residents, hailing from every one of the State's 62 counties, the University also draws students from every state in the United States, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and 160 nations. One out of three New York State high school graduates chooses SUNY, and the total enrollment of nearly 363,650 full- and part-time students represents 31% of New York State's higher education students population. SUNY employs 87,000 faculty and staff and counts more than three million living alumni who reside in New York State and throughout the world.

About the SUNY Research Foundation:
The Research Foundation of SUNY ("Research Foundation"), the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, provides essential administrative services that enable SUNY faculty to focus their efforts on educating students and performing life-changing research across a wide range of disciplines including Artificial Intelligence, Clean Energy, Biotechnology, Longevity, Substance Addiction, Nextgen Quantum Computing, Environmental Health, and Resiliency. The Research Foundation works with the academic and business leadership of SUNY campuses to facilitate research and discovery by administering sponsored projects and delivering intellectual property and technology transfer services that fuel innovation and move ideas and inventions to the marketplace. The Research Foundation is a private non-profit education corporation that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3).

The Position:
This is an exciting time to come to SUNY, and under the leadership of Chancellor John King, the SPPRF will join a highly collaborative team working to advance policy and achieve the Chancellor’s strategic academic and research priorities. Reporting jointly to the SUNY Chancellor and the Research Foundation Board of Directors, the SPPRF is expected to play an active leadership role in supporting the Chancellor, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and the Research Foundation Board of Directors to implement the Governor's bold agenda for a reimagined SUNY and the diverse portfolio of institutions that it represents. This role will require a close partnership with the Chancellor to elevate the academic strength and reach of the entire University. Leadership of the Research Foundation will also be central to this imperative. In this unique role, the SPPRF will establish an environment that leverages and develops existing academic and research partnerships while simultaneously identifying and cultivating promising areas for new academic and research partnerships.

The successful candidate will be a pioneering, entrepreneurial leader and eminent scholar, committed to equity, fairness, and the virtues of diversity that help define the University's next chapter. The SPPRF is expected to be a distinguished scholar and proven administrative leader who shares a deep commitment to and responsibility for SUNY's mission to serve as an engine for the economic and social mobility of its students, particularly those from modest backgrounds.

Required Education and Experience:
Eminence as a scholar, researcher, and teacher and an earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution are required, as is a significant track record of successful leadership in higher education and/or a research institution with evidenced based outcomes.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities.

  • Strategic, dynamic vision and commitment to the SUNY mission;
  • Compelling and convincing collaborator able to harness the power of multiple champions for the SUNY mission;
  • Deep understanding of research and innovation;
  • Strength in academic and research administration and management;
  • Exceptional advocate for SUNY's interests among external stakeholders;
  • A deep commitment to student success and a broad understanding of student affairs; and
  • A collegial, accessible, and empathic character.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at ( . Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting SUNY in this search, which will remain open until an appointment has been made. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Melody Rose, Ph.D., and Julia Bradley

SUNY EEO Statement
State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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