About SUNY Empire State College

Faculty, Staff and Administration

SUNY Empire State College employs nearly 2,000 people in the state of New York, around the United States and in some overseas locations. These employees fall into three distinct employee groups: faculty, staff and administrators.


The ranks of the full-time faculty number nearly 250 and part-time faculty nearly 1,150. Empire State College faculty come from a variety of backgrounds, from business to the arts. Ninety-six percent of the full-time faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees.

College faculty are called mentors because they are partners and guides in your education. They respect the years of experience and knowledge that adults bring to an academic program, and with whom they share their expertise. Our learners confer with their mentors on a regular basis to receive advice, develop their degree plans and carry out learning activities. Learners maintain contact with their mentors in face-to-face meetings, telephone conversations, in online-course discussion areas and through email or mail. Most students value the relationship with their mentors and the level of personal attention to their academic goals they receive because of that relationship.


The staff members of Empire State College, who are in a variety of ways directly involved in service to students, range from receptionists and secretaries to a wide variety of professional employees specializing in areas such as student services, academic review, financial-aid advising and computer technology. The college employs nearly 240 clerical staff and approximately 275 professional staff.

The administrative staff of the college is led by President Merodie Hancock. Her Cabinet consists of the vice presidents for administration, strategic planning, integrated technologies, communications and government relations, enrollment management and student services and external affairs. Also serving as members of the Cabinet are the college provost and two vice provosts who serve as the leaders of the Office of Academic Affairs, and the President's Office chief of staff.


The President’s Council includes the members of the Cabinet as well as the deans of the individual learning centers and several key employees serving in director and assistant vice president positions. The college organizational chart displays the reporting structure of the offices and departments of the college and names of the individuals responsible for those areas.