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Update, May 8, 2019: Jim Malatras Named President of SUNY Empire State College

Jim Malatras
Jim Malatras, Ph.D.

Sent on behalf of James W. Lytle, chairman of the Empire State College Council and of the Presidential Search Committee:

Today, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved Chancellor Kristina Johnson’s recommendation of Dr. Jim Malatras as the fifth president of SUNY Empire State College. (Vie Dr. Malatras' presentation to the college.)

The trustees’ meeting took place at the SUNY Geneseo campus, and the vote was taken during the boards open session that began at 1 p.m. The meeting was webcast and can be viewed at the SUNY Board webpage

Malatras was among the field of more than 60 applicants for the position, which was vacated with the departure of former president Merodie Hancock in early March of 2018. Since that time, Mitchell Nesler, Ph.D., has served as officer in charge of the college. (View the presentation Dr. Malatras made to the college community in March 2019 during his visit to campus.)

Malatras, who will begin his tenure with Empire State College this summer, currently serves as the president of Rockefeller institute of Government, a part of the State University of New York, where he has led a modernization effort to offer policy makers evidence-based analysis and recommendations on timely topics.

Previously, he held several high-ranking positions in New York state government, most recently as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of state operations, where he managed day-to-day operations of state government. Additionally, he was deputy secretary for policy management, director for policy, and executive director of legislative affairs and state policy. He also was the legislative director and policy analyst for former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

Regarded as an expert in education policy, Malatras also served as vice chancellor for policy and chief of staff of SUNY Central Administration for Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and as executive director of the governor’s new NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-14.

Malatras earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, all in Political Science, from the University at Albany and was the recipient of the presidential distinguished doctoral dissertation award.

He has held several academic appointments at the University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College, most recently as a volunteer instructor at Albany teaching courses in law and policy, courts and politics, and presidential influence on state policy. Malatras is the recipient of many statewide and local honors and the author of numerous policy and research reports as well as peer reviewed publications and manuscripts.

He and his wife, Jennifer, a clinical psychologist, have two children and reside in Delmar, N.Y.

Update, May 6, 2019

A resolution from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson recommending the next president of SUNY Empire State College is scheduled to be introduced at the SUNY Board of Trustees meeting, Wednesday, May 8.

The Trustees are gathering in the MacVittie Student Union on the SUNY Geneseo campus on both Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8.

The recommendation will be put forward during the open, formal meeting that begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the agenda for the two-day session, which is composed of a variety of committee meetings, an executive session, a public hearing and the open, formal meeting. During this open session, the resolution approving the appointment of the college’s new president will be introduced and Chairman H. Carl McCall will call for a vote of the trustees. If approved, the candidate will be introduced and given an opportunity to speak.

The entire open session will be webcast and can be viewed at the SUNY Board webpage.

Once the meeting convenes, the link will be live. Viewers of the page may be directed to click on a second link.

When the vote has concluded, a series of announcements developed by both the SUNY and the Empire State College communication offices, will be distributed for internal and external audiences. A story will be posted on Exchange for internal audiences, emails will be sent to external stakeholders and the announcement will be published here (the Presidential Search website).

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