Dean of International Programs
Bruce Sillner has served as Dean of International Programs at the State University of New York at New Paltz since 2001.
Sillner is the Chief International Officer for the college and is responsible for all international activities, including the administration of more than 40 study abroad and exchange programs that enroll more than 400 students. The Center for International Programs also provides services to more than 600 international students and scholars – the largest international student population of the SUNY university colleges. Sillner is also in charge of the Haggerty English Language Program, the Institute for International Business and international undergraduate admissions.
Prior to becoming dean, Sillner held a number of positions at New Paltz including Director of the Center for International Programs; Director of International Education; Director of Second Language Education; and Director of the Haggerty English Language Program.
Under his leadership, International Programs has established an extensive international center at the college; received recognition as a leader among SUNY comprehensive colleges in both study abroad and international student services; and developed more than 20 new study abroad programs. New Paltz was one of only 19 institutions throughout the world selected by the Forum on Education Abroad to participate in a pilot project to establish standards of good practice for study abroad. The center was also recognized for its “commitment and dedication to offering high quality programs in education abroad.” Additionally, the college was the first public university in the United States to offer a semester abroad program to first-year students.
Sillner has also been involved in the Center for International Programs receiving the Averell Harriman International Trade Award and the Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress Global Hudson Valley Award.
He is the former chair of the SUNY Council on International Education steering committee, is a frequent presenter on topics related to international education at national and international conferences, and a National Selection Panelist for the Gilman International Scholarship Program.
Sillner received his bachelor’s in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., and his master’s degree in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.