SUNY Oswego to welcome Eck as interim chief of staff

OSWEGO — Kristi Eck, education program director at Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, will join the administration of SUNY Oswego at the start of the fall semester Aug. 26 as interim chief of staff for President Deborah F. Stanley.

“Kristi Eck has shown impressive leadership and managerial skills in her roles with the innovative and collaborative Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, and I am pleased to welcome her to SUNY Oswego,” Stanley said.

Kristi Eck
Kristi Eck

Eck has worked with the 5-year-old Say Yes to Education in Syracuse for the past four years successively as program coordinator and site director at Frazer School, assistant to the director of operations and higher education program specialist, and now education program director.

Her accomplishments there include overseeing the design and implementation of all Say Yes to Education higher education programming related to student support, retention and career readiness. She designed and managed the After School program, designed and directed the Say Yes Summer Success Academy at Onondaga Community College in collaboration with partners at OCC, and founded the Say Yes Young Authors Series, sponsored by National Grid Foundation, among other initiatives.

She previously worked at SUNY Cortland as a study abroad adviser.

Eck holds a master’s degree in higher and postsecondary education administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College.

She is a member of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s Commission on Women and Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 2013.

She was a 40 Under 40 honoree in Central New York last year.

She has been a mentor with the Syracuse City School District and Le Moyne College.

Eck succeeds Dr. Kenneth Clough, previous chief of staff in the President’s Office at SUNY Oswego.