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Jacqueline S. DiStefano

Jacqueline DiStefano

Jacqueline S. DiStefano
Vice President for Finance & Administration

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Vice President for Finance & Administration

Jacqueline S. DiStefano joined the State University of New York at New Paltz administration in July 2008 as Vice President for Finance and Administration

As the college’s senior non-academic administrator and chief financial officer, DiStefano is responsible for the institution’s financial viability and integrity, its operating and capital budgets, revenues, expenditures, business activities and debt. A number of offices report to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, including Administrative and Financial Services, Auxiliary Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Technology and Information Services, and Telecommunications.

DiStefano came to New Paltz from another State University of New York campus, the University at Albany, where she served in several roles. Most recently, she was the assistant vice president and chief operational officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). There she was responsible for the college’s administrative, operational, human resources and finances, which included oversight of the college’s operational and capital budgets and its research and development contract portfolio. During her tenure, she was a member of the team that executed the CNSE vision, which resulted in the rapid expansion of the college’s human and physical infrastructure.

While at the University at Albany, she also served as a director in the Office of Facilities and Physical Plant and in the Sponsored Funds Accounting Office. DiStefano was also director of financial planning and controller at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. She began working in higher education in 1982 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she was the chief accountant.

DiStefano worked in the private sector for four years as a financial consultant and senior accountant at Coradian Corporation and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., respectively.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Managerial and Public Accounting from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., in 1978.

Her volunteer activities have included participation with the Clarkson University Alumni Association as its Reunion Fund co-chair and a member of the university’s Alumni National Executive Committee. She served as treasurer on the board of trustees of the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, N.Y.

DiStefano lives in New Paltz, N.Y.