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September 25, 2018

SUNY Oswego Welcomes Appointment of Dr. Kristina Johnson as 13th Chancellor


OSWEGO – The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.

Johnson is a former Johns Hopkins University provost, Duke University dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and U.S. undersecretary of energy.

Chancellor-elect Dr. Kristina M. Johnson (left) will serve as the 13th chancellor of SUNY effective Sept. 5. She succeeds Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher (right), who will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21 meeting.

Chancellor-elect Dr. Kristina M. Johnson (left) will serve as the 13th chancellor of SUNY effective Sept. 5. She succeeds Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher (right), who will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21 meeting.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley reacted to Monday’s State University Board of Trustees announcement:

“The SUNY Oswego campus community joins all of SUNY in welcoming Dr. Kristina Johnson as the next chancellor to lead the State University of New York,” Stanley said. “She brings a wealth of leadership, entrepreneurship acumen, business and research innovation, and a working knowledge of higher education — as a teacher and administrator — to our system.  We look forward to working with Dr. Johnson to continue to deliver the incredible value and excellence of a SUNY education across our state and worldwide.”

Johnson is the current founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country.

She was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. undersecretary of energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristina Johnson has not only been a faculty member, administrator, and visionary in higher education but also a dedicated public servant, national energy czar, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed inventor,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are thrilled to welcome her to SUNY, where her range of experience will enable her to leverage the incredible work of our 64 colleges and universities. On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Search Committee, I want to thank Governor Cuomo, whose commitment to public higher education helped us to attract a top candidate, and Nancy Zimpher, whose leadership of SUNY over the last eight years has raised the profile of this position to an all-time high.”

“Dr. Johnson is a proven leader and innovator whose cross-sector experience and strong belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to The State University of New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In academia, she has brought stakeholder groups together to create and implement strategic vision crafted at the hands of many. On the national forefront, she successfully managed and uplifted our country’s most advanced energy research. And as a former faculty member turned entrepreneur, time and again she has bridged the gap between higher education and business to create programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. The future of SUNY is indeed bright under the leadership of Dr. Johnson.”

“The State University of New York is a complex, captivating system like no other in higher education, and the opportunity to serve as its chancellor is the highest honor of my career,” said Dr. Johnson. “I look forward to building on the excellent foundation for SUNY that Governor Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher, and the Board of Trustees have developed in partnership with SUNY presidents, faculty, staff, and students as well as the communities they serve in every region.

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