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Presidential Search

Search Committee

Howard A. Zemsky, Managing Partner, Larkin Development Group; Chair, Buffalo State Council

Buffalo State Council Representatives
Melissa Brinson, Council Member

Linda A. Dobmeier, Vice President, Dobmeier Janitor Supply Inc.

Charles J. Naughton, Attorney, Clayton & Bergevin

Faculty Representatives
Lisa Marie Anselmi, Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology

Nancy A. Chicola, Chair and Associate Professor, Elementary Education and Reading

Wanda M. Davis, Chair and Professor, Higher Education Administration

Pixta M. del Prado Hill, Associate Professor, Elementary Education and Reading

Kevin F. Mulcahy, Chair and Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism

Jennifer D. Ryan, Associate Professor, English

Stephen F. Saracino, Professor, Design

Gary S. Solar, Chair and Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Science Education

Student Representatives
Kevin Murray, Undergraduate Student

Thomas Waters, Graduate Student

Administration Representative
Daniel C. Vélez, Associate Vice President for Student Success

Professional Staff Representative
Melaine C. Kenyon, Director, Instructional Technology

Support Staff Representative
Earl W. Morris, Highway Equipment Operator, Campus Service

Alumni Association Representative
Marsha D. Jackson, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Erie Community College

Buffalo State College Foundation Representative
Paul Lamparelli, President, Lamparelli Construction

Chancellor's Representative
Virginia Horvath, President, SUNY Fredonia

Non-Voting Member
Chancellor’s Liaison
Kenneth P. O’Brien, SUNY Board of Trustees

Administrative Support
Campus Liaison
Carolyn Martino, Assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs

In accordance with guidelines established by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the committee was established by the SUNY Buffalo State Council to solicit and evaluate nominations and applications for the position of college president.

The committee will submit a list of qualified candidates to the Buffalo State Council, and the council will send a list of acceptable candidates to SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher for her review and consideration. Chancellor Zimpher will then make her final recommendation to the SUNY Board of Trustees, which maintains the legal authority to appoint the president. All search committee members are required to sign a confidentiality agreement to help protect applicants, which in turn helps ensure a professional process and a successful outcome.

Search Firm

Academic Search Inc., led by consultant Dr. Jessica Kozloff, has been selected to assist our search committee with identifying and reaching out to candidates for the presidency of SUNY Buffalo State.

The search committee and the Buffalo State community had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Kozloff during a February 2014 visit. The goals of the visit were to give Dr. Kozloff broad exposure to the college community, to provide her with diverse input with respect to our aspirations regarding our next president, and to make certain that she and the consulting firm had a thorough understanding of Buffalo State today.



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