December 8, 2010

Dawn Riley Appointed Director of Strategic Planning at SUNY Empire State College

Dawn Riley

Dawn Riley

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Dec. 8, 2010) Dawn Riley, of Schuylerville, N.Y., has been appointed director of strategic planning at SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (C-PIE). In this newly created role, Riley, who most recently was clinical program director and assessments coordinator, Education Studies, at Skidmore College, will be responsible for enhancing the college’s capabilities in carrying out its new strategic plan.?

She will be responsible for ensuring that other planning at the college is coordinated with the overall college strategy and supports analysis and research in collaboration with faculty, administrators and professional staff to support strategic planning. In collaboration with the vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness, she will coordinate a systematic and integrated institutional planning process that further defines the college’s strategic plan, and guides offices, centers and units in planning processes that support it.

In collaboration with other C-PIE staff, Riley will develop and administer a process for tracking and analyzing progress toward the achievement of the strategic plan’s goals. She will help develop systems for ensuring center-wide efficiency, productivity and quality of internal and external communications and relationships.

Riley, who earned her Ph.D. in education at the University of California at Berkley, her M.Ed. in special education at the University of Arizona, and her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and elementary education at SUNY Brockport, brings extensive background as an administrator, an educator and assessment professional to the position.

“I’m extremely pleased that Dawn has joined our team,” said Mitch Nesler, vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness. “Her expertise in strategic planning will be of great value to the college as we move forward with our planning efforts to support achieving the college’s goals,”

“Establishing strategic planning processes systematically and smartly poses a challenge for any enterprise,” said Riley. “Early meetings with administrators, faculty and staff have been exhilarating as I have listened to people’s enthusiasm for new initiatives and their obvious affection for students attending Empire State College. In the months ahead, I look forward to interesting collaborations and deeper conversations as we realize the promise within the college’s vision and the future within our grasp.”

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