Officer in Charge Mitchell S. Nesler
Mitchell Nesler was appointed Officer in Charge on March 3, 2018 and assumes the overall responsibility of the chief administrative officer of Empire State College. Nesler will lead the college through the implementation of our next strategic plan “Going for the Gold, Empire State at 50: 2021 and Beyond” as well as our Middle States Reaccreditation process.
Nesler joined SUNY Empire in 2003 as assistant vice president for academic affairs. He joined the cabinet in 2010 as a Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, later retitled “Decision Support.” From 2012 to 2015, he also served as interim vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services.
A nationally recognized academic researcher, Nesler has authored more than two dozen publications and reports; presented more than 100 papers at academic conferences. He has presented widely on topics including institutional improvement, distance education, student retention and outcomes assessment, and is a journal reviewer. In addition, he has secured a number of scholarships and grants and published, directed projects and been a principal investigator for numerous research initiatives.
In his immediate-past role as Vice President for Decision Support, Nesler was responsible for providing overall leadership for the college’s strategic planning processes. This includes the development of dashboards to track achievements, overseeing assessment of student learning and other institutional outcomes, managing business analytics, development of the college’s data warehouse and overseeing the college’s institutional research function. In addition, he leads our Middle States reaccreditation process.
Prior to joining SUNY Empire State College, Nesler was the associate dean for outcomes assessment and research at Excelsior College, where he held progressively responsible positions in research and assessment over nine years, including as director of research, academic programs and director of nursing research.
In addition to teaching at SUNY Empire, Nesler has taught at the University at Albany and Siena College, on topics such as social psychology, human motivation, statistics, experimental research methods, personality theories and social psychology.
Nesler has served with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in numerous roles, is a past president of the North East Association for Institutional Research and has held positions on many committees and for many organizations in his field.
Nesler holds a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology, both from the University at Albany.