SUNY Board of Trustees
All 64 campuses of SUNY function under the overall authority and responsibility of the SUNY Board of Trustees, subject to the general guidelines of the Board of Regents of the State of New York. The Board of Trustees is SUNY’s governing body, consisting of 17 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as a voting member and the president of the University Faculty Senate serves on the board as a nonvoting member.
The SUNY Board of Trustees delegates administration of the university to Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and her staff, known as the system administration, which implements university-wide academic, fiscal, personnel, and facilities policies. The SUNY system administration serves as liaison between the campuses and such state offices as the Division of the Budget, the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, the Department of Civil Service, and the Office of the State Comptroller.
University Faculty Senate
The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the creation of the University Faculty Senate (UFS) on October 8, 1953. As provided in Article VII of the Policies of the Board of Trustees, the University Faculty Senate is the official agency through which the University faculty engages in the governance of the university. The senate shall be concerned with effective educational policies and other professional matters within the university. Senate membership consists of the chancellor of the university, two university representatives having universitywide responsibilities, and representatives from each state-operated unit and contract college. This is a total of 33 SUNY colleges, making the University Faculty Senate one of the largest faculty governance organizations in the country.
SUNY Student Assembly
The SUNY Student Assembly, created by Article XVII of the Policies of the Board of Trustees, is the official organization through which SUNY students participate in the governance of the university.
Each campus president serves as the chief administrative officer with overall responsibility, authority, and accountability for the campus. Each campus devises its own structures, programs, and procedures within the general goals and policies of SUNY and within its specific mission.
Each state-operated campus in the SUNY system has its own college council, which consists of 10 members, nine appointed by the governor and one elected by and from the students on the campus. The governor designates one member as chair. Council members appointed by the governor serve for a term of seven years. Councils also shall invite a representative of the faculty and a representative of the alumni to attend regular meetings of the council. The statutory powers and duties of college councils are described in Article 8, Section 356 of the New York State Education Law.
The governance structure at Purchase College is designed to effectively ensure adequate faculty, staff, student, and alumni input into important policy decisions that affect the institution. There are two primary institutions of shared governance:
Five senior college officers report to Thomas J. Schwarz, the president of Purchase College. This group, together with the assistant to the president, is called the president’s cabinet:
Provost and Academic Affairs
The provost, who also serves as executive vice president for academic affairs, is responsible for providing the college’s academic leadership. The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs oversees each of the college’s academic units, together with major areas of academic and sponsored research planning, assessment, and support:
Enrollment Management and Integrated Marketing
The vice president for enrollment management and integrated marketing/associate provost for enrollment oversees the Offices of Admissions, Enrollment Services, and Communications and Creative Services. He also chairs the Marketing and Communications Advisory Team and the Enrollment Management Implementation Team (EMIT). Reporting to Enrollment Services are the Offices of the Registrar and Student Financial Services (Financial Aid and Student Accounts), which are located together on the first floor of the Student Services Building.
The primary purpose of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to enhance relationships with alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and community partners and to promote philanthropic participation aligned with the college’s strategic plan. Under the leadership of the vice president for institutional advancement, the office consists of professional development officers and support personnel whose mission is to connect all who desire to be a part of the Purchase College community with opportunities to volunteer, support, and partner. The Office of Institutional Advancement provides centralized advancement support for all areas of campus, including the Performing Arts Center and the Neuberger Museum of Art.
Finance, Administration, and Operations
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Operations is responsible for the college’s finances and administration, including the Departments of Budget, Accounting, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Internal Control, Human Resources, Payroll, Mailroom, and Central Stores; and the college’s physical plant operations, including the Departments of Capital Facilities Planning and Facilities Management.
Student Affairs is headed by the vice president for student affairs/associate provost for integrative learning and includes the following offices, programs, and services:
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