Academic administration

Photo: Jeffrey StantonAcademic Affairs

Jeffrey M. Stanton is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and also a professor in the University’s School of Information Studies. A member of the iSchool faculty since 2001, Stanton served as the iSchool’s interim dean from January 2015 to May 2016. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a fellow of the American Council on Education in its emerging leaders fellowship program. He is also a graduate of the EDUCAUSE/CLIR Leading Change Institute. In 2011, he was named the University’s first associate vice president for research, a rotating position intended to strengthen the connections between the Office of Research and researchers in the schools and colleges.

Stanton’s academic specialty is organizational psychology, including personnel assessment systems, employee surveys, coaching, and institutional change processes. He has published research in job satisfaction, work-related stress, psychometrics, and statistics with a particular focus on self-report techniques. His latest book is entitled Reasoning with Data: An Introduction to Traditional and Bayesian Statistics Using R. Stanton has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from University of Connecticut and a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College.

Photo: Steven J. BennettSteven J. Bennett is senior vice president for academic operations. In that capacity, he plays a critical role in overseeing academic operations for administrative units that report to the Office of the Provost, including Information Technology, SU Press, Syracuse University Abroad, and satellite facilities around the U.S. He also works closely with the provost and her leadership team on planning and budgetary matters.

Bennett comes to Syracuse University from The Brookings Institution, where he served as vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, he supervised the interactions among the institution’s research programs, and between the research and non-research sides of Brookings, promoting collaboration and interdisciplinary work. He also helped develop and operationalize the institution’s strategic plan and institutionwide program objectives.

Prior to his career at Brookings, Bennett served as executive director for several nongovernmental organizations focusing on the intersection of trade and development. He was co-founder and executive director of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an international leadership initiative to advance innovative models of economic engagement in impoverished countries. He also has served as executive director of Witness for Peace, an international human rights/economic justice advocacy organization, and as interim executive director and program director for National Neighbors, promoting growth and opportunity for urban neighborhoods.

Bennett, who grew up in Syracuse, earned a BA from Colgate University and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. He returned to Syracuse for post-graduate study at the Institute for Creative Conflict Resolution in 1995. He can be reached at 315-443-2941.

Photo: Interim CIO Scott ScozzafavaVice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Samuel Scozzafava is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services. Sam provides day-to-day leadership and administration of the Information Technology Services (ITS) department, and develops and implements strategies to ensure that ITS is providing central technology support across both the academic and administrative operations of the University. As CIO, Sam provides leadership and acts as a catalyst for unifying the various information technology visions across campus into one, and is the main consensus builder in coordinating technology acquisition and deployment at Syracuse University. Sam can be reached at (315) 443-3814.

Jeffrey HooneCoalition of Museums and Art Centers (CMAC)
Jeffrey Hoone is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC). The mission of CMAC is to celebrate and explore the visual and electronic arts through exhibitions, publications, public presentations, education, and scholarship. Syracuse University provides the infrastructure, educational platform, resources, and influence to make the Coalition possible while expanding the role and responsibility of the university in the Central New York community and beyond. Jeffrey can be reached at (315) 443-1300.

Photo of Associate Provost LaVonda ReedFaculty Affairs
LaVonda N. Reed is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law. She is a senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with a wide range of matters relating to faculty across SU’s schools and colleges and plays a key role in faculty searches and appointments, new faculty orientation, promotion and tenure, research and administrative leaves, retirements, as well as faculty recognitions, awards, and honors.  Reed identifies opportunities designed to facilitate and support faculty success in academic life including professional development of SU’s faculty as well as support for and advancement of faculty research and teaching. She is a tenured professor of Law in the College of Law, having joined the SU faculty in 2006. Her areas of scholarly expertise include communications regulatory law and policy, property law, and wills and trusts. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, LLP and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She can be reached at (315) 443-5525.

Interim Graduate School Dean and Vice President of Research Peter VanableGraduate School
Peter Vanable was appointed Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School on January 6, 2017. He served as Interim Vice President of Research from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Vanable is a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Vanable served as chair of psychology for six years, an appointment that began in August of 2009.

Vanable has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on topics related to HIV risk reduction, coping with chronic illness, and substance abuse. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $8 million in research grants from the NIH, including funding for Project iMPPACS, a four-city health promotion intervention for at-risk adolescents. Vanable is a regular reviewer for the NIH and is currently an Associate Editor at the journal AIDS and Behavior.

Vanable is the past recipient of an excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award (2013) and was elected to Fellow status by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2012.

Vanable served on Syracuse University’s Institutional Review Board for seven years and was appointed to serve as chair in 2014. Vanable is a past member of Syracuse University’s Senate Budget Committee and was recently appointed to serve on the Chancellor’s Steering Committee for oversight of the University’s Fast Forward Syracuse initiative, designed to improve operational efficiencies and leverage funds to enhance investment in high impact research.

Photo: Petra HejnovaInternational Education and Engagement
Interim Executive Director, Syracuse Abroad

Petra Hejnova works with a group of talented administrators and faculty in Syracuse and overseas to manage a large portfolio of study abroad programs popular with Syracuse University students as well as with students from dozens of colleges from across the United States. These programs provide students with the opportunity to become global professionals and citizens, be able to address urgent issues from interconnected global perspectives, work with people from other countries and cultures (and time zones), and move ethically across borders. After receiving her Ph.D in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Hejnova served as a full time faculty at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She returned to Syracuse in 2014 to take the position of a director of curriculum and academic services at Syracuse Abroad. Hejnova also has a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Political Science at the Maxwell School, where she teaches courses in comparative government and global policy.

Photo: John LiuResearch
John Liu​ has served as Vice President for Research since September 2017. He came to Syracuse from Auburn University, where he served as associate provost and associate vice president for research. He previously served as associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture, assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and as Distinguished Alumni Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. As an administrator he has demonstrated success in the areas of growing the university’s research enterprise, enhancing scholarship, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations, supporting research infrastructure, supporting graduate programs, enhancing faculty competitiveness, and developing international collaborations.

Liu has provided leadership for various national and international functions, including serving as the coordinator for aquaculture under the USDA National Animal Genome Program NRSP-8. He has served on the Advisory Board of Oceans and Human Health of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Advisory Board for the National Laboratory of Qingdao Marine Science and Technology of China; and as a trustee member for Guangdong Ocean University. He also has served on numerous national grant panels for federal agencies and for international funding agencies, and he was panel manager for programs of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

An international authority in the area of aquaculture genomics and bioinformatics, Liu has trained more than 100 Ph.D. students and postdocs, obtained more than 80 grants totaling more than $47 million, and authored four books and more than 300 papers. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 and a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society in 2017, and he currently serves on the Steering Committee of USDA in developing the Blueprint for Animal Genomics and Genetics 2018-27.


Bobbi JonesStrategic Planning and Budget
Roberta “Bobbi” Jones is the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Budget. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief budget officer for Academic Affairs and to serve as advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Provost on strategic planning and initiatives. She can be reached at (315) 443-2055 or by mail at 111 Waverly Ave., Room 220F, Syracuse, NY 13244.

Photo: Library Dean David SeamanUniversity Libraries
David Seaman is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University. He leads a talented library staff to deliver the services and collections necessary to drive 21st-century research, teaching, and learning, and to provide innovative spaces for study, collaboration, and innovation. David comes to Syracuse after library leadership positions at Dartmouth College, The Digital Library Federation, and the University of Virginia. He has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and for many years has taught at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. He can be reached at (315) 443-5533.