Officer in Charge Mitchell Nesler joined the college in 2003 as assistant vice president for academic affairs. From 2012–15, he served as interim vice president for the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.
In his current role, Nesler is responsible for providing overall leadership for the college’s strategic planning processes, including 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. He is the accreditation liaison officer for Middle States.
In his role with the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services, he led the work of marketing, recruitment, admissions, registration, student services, disability services, the student information center and financial aid, collaborating with deans, finance and administration to set college budgets based on enrollment targets.
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. He also has management experience in the private sector.
Nesler has taught at the University at Albany of the State University of New York, SUNY Empire State College and Siena College, on topics such as social psychology, human motivation, statistics, experimental research methods, personality theories and social psychology.
He has consulted with colleges and universities on outcomes assessment, with accrediting agencies on program evaluation and with the private sector on leadership. Nesler also has secured a number of scholarships and grants and published, directed projects and been a principal investigator for numerous research initiatives. He has authored more than two dozen academic publications and reports and has served on professional panels and presented widely on topics including institutional improvement, distance education, student retention and outcomes assessment, and is a journal reviewer.
Nesler has served with the Middle States Commission of Higher Education in numerous roles, is a past president of the North East Association for Institutional Research, as well as 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.