Detailed Job Description

The Chancellor and Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the Empire State College Council and larger college community seek a dynamic, engaged effective leader who is visionary, inspirational and collaborative as the next president of Empire State College.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to have statewide impact as the leader of a special institution with a history of innovation in the fields of adult and online learning. Reporting to the Chancellor of the State University of New York, the President of Empire State College is responsible for the administration of the only SUNY institution whose primary focus is providing adult learners across the state of New York and beyond with opportunities to earn college degrees.

Empire State College was established in 1971 by the State University of New York Board of Trustees and then-Chancellor and, later, United States Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer. The College was envisioned to be a distinctive statewide SUNY institution focused on nontraditional teaching and learning, where students create individualized- degree programs within broadly defined areas of academic study with the guidance of faculty mentors. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, SUNY Empire State College serves learners throughout New York, across the nation and around the globe who are pursuing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online and at more than 30 locations in the state of New York and at several international locations.

A range of flexible learning modes, including independent study, group study, blended-learning opportunities, residencies, traditional face-to-face classes and many online programs and courses, provides Empire’s students with the ability to learn in ways best suited to them. Since its creation, SUNY Empire State College has recognized the value of learning acquired through relevant experience. Well-developed processes for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning gained through life, work and military experience enable students to accelerate degree attainment. To learn more about this outstanding opportunity, please review the leadership profile for this position by visiting and clicking on the “Current Searches” tab.

If you are an innovative, dynamic and engaged leader who is visionary, inspirational, empathetic, collaborative and effective, and who is motivated to influence the future of personalized, mentored and technology-enabled learning, you should give serious consideration to this presidential opportunity. The next president should be committed to student access and completion, to pedagogical innovation, and to education pertinent to society and workforce needs. ESC is a community of dedicated faculty and staff who share that commitment and passion, and who choose to give their talents, knowledge and skills to Empire State College in order to further its special mission. Collaborative environments of faculty and staff exist across the state, and the desire to further participate in shaping the future of the College is evident across the entire ESC community.

This search is being assisted by senior consultants William Howard and Kate Nolde of Academic Search, Inc. To have a confidential conversation and learn more about this opportunity, please contact either Kate Nolde, Senior Consultant, at, or William Howard, Vice President and Senior Consultant, at, to arrange for a discussion.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in confidence to For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 14, 2019. Consideration of applications will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references—who will not be contacted without permission) should be electronically submitted to:

SUNY Empire State College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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