Faculty Handbook 2016–17
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State University of New York (SUNY) Governance
Purchase College Governance

State University of New York (SUNY) Governance

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 18 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 student trustee and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio (nonvoting) trustees.

The SUNY Board of Trustees delegates administration of the university to the chancellor and his or her staff, known as the System Administration, which implements universitywide 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. Article VII of the Policies of the Board of Trustees states “the Senate shall be 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.

Campus Presidents and College Councils

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 among the students of the institution. 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.

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Purchase College Governance

Organizational Structure (PDF)
Campus Committees and Governance (PDF)
College Senate Organizational Chart (PDF)

Purchase College Senate and the Faculty at Large
The Purchase College Senate and its standing committees function as the representative decision-making bodies of the college, embracing processes of shared governance, whereby faculty, staff, administrative, and student representatives formally and openly communicate, share responsibility, and take cooperative action on matters of importance to the college. Senate information and documents are available on its SharePoint site (log-in required). In addition, the Faculty at Large (F@L) maintain bylaws that describe the development and implementation of educational, curricular, and personnel policies for the faculty at the college. The Faculty Bylaws are available on its SharePoint site (log-in required) and on the College Policies site.

President’s Cabinet
Five senior college officers report to Thomas J. Schwarz, the president of Purchase College. This group, together with the director of government relations and strategic projects, is called the president’s cabinet:

  1. Barry Pearson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. BS, Kansas State University; MFA, Indiana University.
  2. Catherine Brod, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Interim Executive Director, Purchase College Foundation. BA, MA, Eastern Illinois University,
  3. Dennis Craig, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Integrated Marketing and Associate Provost for Enrollment. BA, State University of New York, Plattsburgh; MA, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  4. Jean Kim, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost for Integrative Learning. BA, MA, EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  5. Judith J. Nolan, CPA, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Operations. BBA, Hofstra University.
  6. Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Projects. BA, Williams College; MBA, Columbia University; EdM, Harvard University.

Provost and Academic Affairs
The provost, who also serves as 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 institutional, academic, and sponsored research planning, assessment, and support:

  • School of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
    – School of Film and Media Studies
    – School of Humanities
    – School of Natural and Social Sciences
  • School of the Arts:
    – Conservatory of Dance
    – Conservatory of Music
    – Conservatory of Theatre Arts
    – School of Art+Design
  • School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
  • Neuberger Museum of Art
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Purchase College Library
  • Office of Institutional Research
  • Office of Sponsored Research
  • Office of Sponsored Funds
  • Campus Technology Services (CTS)

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; the Academic Resource Center (Advising Center and Learning Center), Career Development Center, and the Educational Opportunity Program, Merit Access Program, and Office of the Ombudsman. He also chairs the Enrollment Management Implementation Team (EMIT) and the Marketing and Communications Advisory Team. Reporting to Enrollment Services are the Offices of the Registrar, Student Financial Services (financial aid and student accounts), and Facilities Rentals/Conference Planning, which are located together on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

Institutional Advancement
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 following departments and offices: business affairs and compliance; budget, accounting, and internal control; finance for campus foundations; human resources and payroll; purchasing, accounts payable, and mailroom; and the college’s physical plant operations, including capital facilities planning and facilities management.

Student Affairs
Student Affairs is headed by the vice president for student affairs/associate provost for integrative learning and includes the following offices, programs, and services:

  • Access and Accommodations
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Standards
  • Counseling Center
  • International Programs and Services
  • Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics
  • Purchase College Association (PCA):
    Auxiliary services provided or contracted by the PCA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation registered by the State of New York, include the campus dining services, bookstore, ID cards (More Cards), transportation options (Zipcars) and parking, student health insurance, vending services, laundry, cable TV, ATMs, check cashing, and convenience store (More Store).
  • Student Health Services
  • Wellness @ Purchase

Updated June 1, 2016

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