SUNY Oswego names Clemo academic vice president

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has announced the appointment of Dr. Lorrie Clemo to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As the college’s chief academic officer, Clemo is responsible for leadership in all academic programs across the college. She has been interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for two years.

Dr. Lorrie Clemo
Dr. Lorrie Clemo

“Dr. Clemo has energized our college’s academic planning and programs, inspiring and supporting our faculty and staff as they provide new and distinctive learning experiences for our students,” said President Stanley. “She clearly has a passion for public higher education and a real talent for harnessing our campus community’s intellectual energies and applying them to fruitful initiatives.”

In the past two years, Clemo has expanded active learning opportunities for students by establishing a new multi-discipline cooperative education program and increasing support for undergraduate research both on campus and at partner universities around the world.

She led the college’s successful reaccreditation self-study process and instituted an initiative for assessing student learning.

She increased support for faculty to pursue sponsored research and sponsored or co-authored millions of dollars in grant applications to external funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

Clemo started at SUNY Oswego in 1988 as an assistant professor of political science, after receiving her doctorate from SUNY’s Binghamton University. In 2006, she joined the college’s leadership team, serving successively as faculty fellow, assistant to the president for special programs and campus communications, and chief of staff and deputy to the president before being named interim provost.

In her earlier administrative positions at Oswego, she was instrumental in crafting the college’s current strategic plan, led development of the Global Laboratory network, helped initiate the Possibility Scholarship program, and spearheaded the campus-wide environmental sustainability program, which recently received a silver level rating in the Sustainability Tracking and Ranking system.

“I am honored and excited to have been appointed to this position,” the new provost said. “Oswego has an impressive legacy centered on academic excellence and a deep and rich dedication to faculty-student engagement — in all its diverse forms and multiple contexts. I am committed to working closely with faculty, staff and students to continue these wonderful traditions while pushing the boundaries of learning and strategic visioning in order to take something that’s great and make it even greater.”

Beyond Oswego, Clemo has been an American Council on Education Fellow and was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Sea Grant Institute board of governors.

As president of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association from 2005 to 2007, she played a leadership role in developing the NCAA’s strategic plan that set into motion academic reform and redefinition of the role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education.

She received the NCAA David Knight Leadership Award in 2008.

Locally, she serves on the board of On Point for College.

A graduate of Le Moyne College, Clemo resides in Syracuse with her husband, Dr. Steven Nicolais, a pediatrician. They have four children.