Chancellor's Award for Excellence medallion The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore the State University of New York’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians, and professional and classified staff across its campuses.

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Purchase College Recipients

2021: Maryann McEnroe, Associate Professor Biology
2021: Iris Cahn, Professor of Film
2020: James Daly, Professor of Biology
2020: Elise Lemire, Professor of Literature
2017: Jordan Schildcrout, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
2015: Nancy Bowen, Associate Professor of Art+Design (Sculpture)
2015: Peter Schwab, Professor of Political Science
2014: Kathleen McCormick, Professor of Literature and Pedagogy
2014: Jennifer K. Uleman, Associate Professor of Philosophy
2013: Karen Singer-Freeman, Associate Professor of Psychology
2013: Aviva Taubenfeld, Associate Professor of Literature and Writing
2012: Joseph Ferry, Professor of Music (Studio Production)
2012: Nancy Zook, Associate Professor of Psychology
2010: Cassandra Hooper, Associate Professor of Art+Design (Printmaking)
2009: Gerard Hecht, Associate Professor of Music
2008: Ronnie Scharfman, Professor of French and Literature
2008: Michael Torlen, Associate Professor of Art+Design (Painting/Drawing)
2007: Geoffrey Field, Professor of History
2006: Joanne Kivela Tillotson, Associate Professor of Biology
2005: John Forrest, Professor of Anthropology
2005: George P. Kraemer, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
2005: Harriet Shorr, Professor of Art+Design (Painting/Drawing)
2004: Todd Coolman, Associate Professor of Music (Jazz Studies)
2003: Alfred Hunt, Professor of History
2001: William P. Needham, Associate Professor of Psychology
2000: Joan Potter, Professor of Theatre Arts (Acting)
2000: Philippa Wehle, Professor of French, Drama Studies, and Literature
1999: Linda M. Bastone, Associate Professor of Psychology
1998: Thomasenia M. Hutchins, Assistant Professor of Literature
1997: Louise Yelin, Professor of Literature
1996: Roberta Barkan, Associate Professor of Hebrew
1996: Kazuko Hirabayashi, Associate Professor of Dance
1995: Taina Chao, Associate Professor of Chemistry
1995: Marjorie C. Miller, Professor of Philosophy
1994: Suzanne Kessler, Professor of Psychology
1994: Robert Stein, Associate Professor of Literature
1993: Naomi Block, Associate Professor of Philosophy
1993: Tom Gunning, Associate Professor of Film
1992: Kimberly Christensen, Assistant Professor of Economics
1992: Elysse Craddock, Associate Professor of Biology
1991: Leonard Stokes, Associate Professor of Visual Arts (Painting/Drawing)
1990: Michael O’Loughlin, Professor of Literature
1986: Aram Avakian, Professor of Film
1985: Lee Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Literature
1983: Antonio Frasconi, Professor of Visual Arts (Printmaking)
1982: Peter Bell, Associate Professor of Economics
1981: George Morrison, Professor of Theatre Arts (Acting)
1977: Carlo Parravano, Professor of Chemistry
1976: Lee Ehrman, Professor of Biology
1975: Marilyn Katz, Associate Professor of Language Arts
1974: Robert Neville, Professor of Philosophy
1974: Joel Tenenbaum, Professor of Physics and Scientific Computing

2021: Joseph Malbrough, Lecturer Conservatory of Dance
2021: Timothy Samara, Lecturer Graphic Design
2020: Susan Bernhard, Lecturer in Conservatory of Dance
2020: Jill Echo, Lecturer in Conservatory of Theatre Arts
2019: Michael Garber, Lecturer in Film & Media Studies
2018: Linda Ann Gironda, Lecturer in Liberal Studies
2018: Rosalind Newman, Lecturer, Conservatory of Dance
2017: Lenka Pichlíková, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
2017: Ragnhild Utheim, Lecturer in Anthropology
2016: Philip Listengart, Associate Professor of Art+Design (Sculpture)
2016: Michael Taub, Lecturer in Literature and Liberal Studies
This award, which honors part-time faculty, was instituted by SUNY in 2015.

2021: Warren Lehrer, Professor of Graphic Design
2020: George Kraemer, Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology
2017: Stephen Cooke, Associate Professor of Chemistry
2015: Lisa Jean Moore, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
2014: Rachel Hallote, Professor of History
2013: Michael Lobel, Professor of Art History
2011: Brooke Singer, Associate Professor of New Media
2009: Morris B. Kaplan, Professor of Philosophy
2008: Murray Zimiles, Professor of Art+Design (Printmaking)
2007: Lenora Champagne, Associate Professor of Drama Studies
2006: Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Professor of Political Science
2005: Frank B. Farrell, Professor of Philosophy
2004: Bradley Brookshire, Associate Professor of Music
2003: Wayne P. te Brake, Professor of History
2002: Steven C. Dubin, Professor of Sociology

2021: Ryan Taylor,  Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
2020: Paul Kaplan, Professor of Art History
2019: Dan Hanessian, Associate Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
2011: James W. McElwaine, Professor of Music
2009: Jan Robert Factor, Professor of Biology
2007: Ronnie Halperin, Associate Professor of Psychology
2006: Joseph A. Skrivanek, Associate Professor of Chemistry
2005: Lisa Keller, Associate Professor of History
2004: Linda M. Bastone, Associate Professor of Psychology

2021: Rebecca Oling, Associate Librarian and Director of Digital  Accessibility
2020: Darcy Gervasio, Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Services
2016: Carrie Marten, Resource Sharing Librarian
1998: Marianne Hebert, Head of Technical Services and Database Manager
1992: M. Susanne Garrett, Head of Technical Services
1990: Mark Smith, Music Librarian
1988: Thelma Freides, Head of Readers Services

2021: Cathie L. Chester, Director of the Counseling Center
2021: Octavio DaEira, Assistant Director for Campus and Facilities Management
2020: Jerzy Klebieko, Instructional Technology Manager, School of Art+Design
2020: Lauren Rodriguez, Director of Disability Resources Student Affairs & Office of Disability Resources
2019: Vlad Orlov, Scientific Instrument Engineer and Natural Sciences Building Manager
2019: Els van den Bosch, Liberal Studies Student Services Coordinator
2018: Melissa A. Glazer, Director, Office of Community Standards/Department of Student Affairs
2018: Glorivee Rojas, Academic Advisor/Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program
2017: Christopher Bisignano, Director of Athletics
2017: Lorraine Miller, Office Manager and Administrative Assistant, School of Film and Media Studies
2016: Christopher Marsigliano, Technical Support Engineer, Campus Technology Services
2016: Rosalie Reutershan, Assistant to the Chair, School of Humanities
2015: Michael DeGrazia, Director of Finance and Administration, School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education
2015: Sheryl Secor, Registrar
2014: Patricia Amanna, Director, Children’s Center
2014: Dennis FitzGerald, Woodshop Instructional Support Specialist, School of Art+Design
2013: John Mastracchio, 2-D/Print Media Instructional Support Specialist, School of Art+Design
2012: Fern Becker, Assistant to the Chair, School of Natural and Social Sciences
2011: Patricia Bice, Executive Director, Enrollment Services, and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
2010: William Guerrero, Executive Director, Purchase College Association
2009: Barbara B. Moore, Director, Institutional Research
2008: Cynthia Markus-Jones, Inspector, University Police
2007: Eric Wildrick, Sculpture Instructional Support Specialist, School of Art+Design
2006: Mary Garcia, Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program
2005: Robin Marks Kaufman, Director, Center for Student Development and Counseling Center
2004: Qui Qui Balascio, Campus Judicial Officer, Student Affairs
2003: Michael Strong, Artistic Administrator, Performing Arts Center
2002: John A. Jurgens, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Computing and Information Services
2001: Jeffrey S. Putman, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
2000: John Delate, Director, Residence Life
1999: Mary Beth Anderson, Director, Regional Partnership of Schools and Colleges
1997: Emilie B. Devine, Director, Financial Aid
1997: Paul Nicholson, Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program
1995: Gloria Forman, Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Science
1995: Eileen Holt, Registrar
1994: Dan Colleluori, Director, Residence Operations
1993: Bill Junor, Assistant Director, Computing and Information Services
1992: Mary Thompson, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education
1991: Renneth Sorhaindo, Director, Educational Opportunity Program
1990: Janet Shaughnessy, Director, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics
1989: Donald Davis, Director, Physical Plant
1988: Bill Baskin, Associate Dean, Continuing Education
1987: Richard Nassisi, Registrar
1986: Javier Melendez, Associate Director, Educational Opportunity Program
1985: Clinton Spiegel, Director, Student Life Programs
1981: Eleanor Hevesi, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education
1981: Larry Jones [information unavailable]
1981: Major Thomas, Director, Educational Opportunity Program
1980: Selma Aronson, Assistant to the Dean, General Education
1979: Mark Albrecht, Director, Public Safety
1977: Deanne Molinari, Executive Assistant to the President
1977: Clinton Spiegel, Director, Student Life Programs

2020: Carmela Macchia, Cleaner, Facilities Department
2019: Maria Durand, Cleaner, Facilities Department
2017: Vincent Lanni, General Mechanic, Residential Facilities Maintenance
2016: Hugo Reyes, Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities Management
2015: Rachael Remenyi, Office Manager, Career Development Center
2014: Nancy Mascolo, Secretary II, Student Health Services
2013: Flori Krivit, Grade Specialist, Office of the Registrar
2012: Jaime Caiado, Plant Utilities Engineer, Facilities Management
2011: George Halliday, Senior Grounds Worker, Facilities Management
2010: Anwarul Haque, Government Documents Clerk, Purchase College Library
The historical record of classified service recipients is currently unavailable.