January 11, 2013
Mentor Souza and President Kleniewski Join Search Committee
Margaret Souza, mentor and unit coordinator of Staten Island, and Nancy Kleniewski, president of SUNY Oneonta, have joined the committee searching for a new president for Empire State College replacing Alan Mandell and John Anderson, president of Alfred State.
About Margaret Souza
Margaret Souza is a mentor in the community and human services area of study, the social theory, social structure and change area of study and coordinator, Staten Island office. She has a B.A. in English from Annhurst College; an MSW from Wayne State University; and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from The New School for Social Research.
Souza's primary research issue has been studying people, families and caregivers who are experiencing end-of-life issues or are dealing with diagnoses that are considered terminal, as well as issues of bereavement.
About Nancy Kleniewski
Nancy Kleniewski was appointed as the seventh president of the SUNY College at Oneonta in July 2008. She came to Oneonta from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2002 to 2008. From 1996 to 2002, she served as dean of fine arts, humanities and social sciences and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts--Lowell. Kleniewski is well known in the SUNY system, having worked at SUNY Geneseo from 1981 to 1996. There she held positions as executive assistant to the president, chair of the sociology department, associate dean of the college, coordinator of urban studies and professor. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as a faculty member at SUNY Geneseo.
Kleniewski holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in sociology from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and behavioral sciences from Emmanuel College. An urban sociologist, she is the author of several books including "Cities, Change and Conflict: A Political Economy of Urban Life," now in its third edition.