February 27, 2012

SUNY Empire State College VP Mitch Nesler Assumes Additional Responsibilities

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 2012) SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis announced today that he has asked Mitch Nesler, vice president of the college’s Center for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, to also oversee the operations of the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services, effective March 15.

“I am grateful to Mitch Nesler for agreeing to accept the challenge of leading enrollment management and students services at a crucial time in the college's history,” Davis said.

Davis added that, given the budget scenario for 2012-13, a search for a new vice president of enrollment management and student services was not a wise move and pointed to the increasing synergy between the kind of data analyses that the college’s Office of Enrollment Management and the Center for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness each undertake as reasons for the realignment.

“Empire State College is an outstanding institution and I’m looking forwarding to serving in an expanded role. I appreciate the faith that Dr. Davis has demonstrated in me with this appointment,” Nesler said.

Since the resignation of Evelyn Buchanan last summer as vice president of the Office of External Affairs, the college has been holding off on the process to identify a replacement. At that time, Vice President Hugh Hammett agreed to step back into a leadership role in external affairs as well as continue in the vice president position for enrollment management and student services.

 Hammett now will focus his efforts on external affairs, which is responsible for the college’s fund-raising efforts, alumni relations and other areas important to achieving the short- and long-term goals identified in the college’s strategic plan.

 “After discussions with the Empire State College Foundation Board, it is clear that external affairs needs the full attention of a cabinet member in anticipation of changes in board membership and our expectations for increased activity in alumni relations and fund raising. Dr. Hammett will, therefore, assume his familiar role as vice president for external affairs,” said Davis. “I want to thank Hugh Hammett for his extraordinary work over the last few years. He has acted in support of the Office of Integrated Technology, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of External Affairs and, of course, the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services, where he has initiated many important changes.”

About Mitch Nesler

Nesler joined Empire State College in 2003 as assistant vice president for academic affairs for outcomes assessment and institutional research, after serving for nine years at Excelsior College in various roles including associate dean for outcomes assessment and research.  He has served as president of the North East Association for Institutional Research and has held leadership roles in the SUNY Association for Institutional Research and Planning Officers and the Association for Institutional Research.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University at Albany, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. 

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