Presidential Search

Search Committee

College Council

Ronald Law ’74
Chairperson, College Council

Eli Basch
College Council Representative

Julie L. Noble
College Council Representative

Neil Bettez
College Council Representative


Shuguang Liu
Associate Dean, School of Business

Kate McCoy
Associate Professor, Educational Studies & Leadership, School of Education

Ken Goldstein
Professor and Chair, Theatre Arts, School of Fine & Performing Arts

Scott Minkoff
Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Michael Vargas
Professor, History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Anca Radulescu
Associate Professor, Mathematics, School of Science & Engineering

Academic Dean

Kristin Backhaus
Dean, School of Business

Professional Staff Member

Vanessa Primus
Contracting Agent & M/WBE Liaison, Office of Procurement

College Foundation

Rebeca Quintanilla
Independent Entrepreneur

Alumni Representative

Emma Morcone ’11 and ’14g
Title IX Coordinator/LGBTQ Coordinator, Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

Student Representative #1

Joshua Gonzalez
Executive Vice President, Student Association

Marketing and Management Major, Senior, Bronx 

Chancellor Designated Senior Staff

Aaron Gladd
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, SUNY System Administration

Classified Staff

Lee Degnan
Administrative Assistant 1, Department of Music, School of Fine & Performing Arts 

Student Representative #2

Dariana Almeyda ’20 (Adolescence Education: English; Theatre Arts)
Graduate Student, English, Queens 

Chancellor Liaison [non-voting]

Zulaika Rodriguez-Awoliyi
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Presidential Recruitment, Evaluation and Development 

Campus Liaison [non-voting]

Shelly A. Wright
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Communication and Secretary to the College Council 

Support Staff [non-voting]

Lisa Davis
Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff/VP for Communication, Office of the President

Search Details

The State University of New York at New Paltz invites nominations and applications for the position of President. The College seeks a successor to Donald P. Christian who will retire at the end of June 2022, following a 45-year career in higher education and 12 years as president of the college.

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