Andria Costello Staniec is Associate Provost for Academic Programs. She is the senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with ensuring the quality and effectiveness of academic programs and the academic success of SU students, including the collaborative development of policies and programs that promote instructional quality, advising effectiveness, and student success. Andria’s efforts and skills tie directly to the most important priority for the Associate Provost—the creation and maintenance of supportive pathways for a diverse SU student body that will lead to graduation and further success, beginning with a robust and meaningful first-year experience and continuing with close support inside and outside of the classroom focused on retention. Her responsibilities include collaborative engagement with deans and faculty on the development, maintenance, and quality of interdisciplinary academic programs that are aligned with institutional strengths, faculty expertise and interest, and demand, as well as ensuring the continued accreditation of the University and its academic programs, including maintenance of New York State, Middle States and disciplinary accreditation. Andria received a B.S. in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. She can be reached at (315) 443-1899.
Chief Information Officer / Information Technology and Services
Samuel Scozzafava is the Interim Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology and Services. Sam provides day-to-day leadership and administration of the Information Technology and 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.
Coalition 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.
Community Engagement and Economic Development
Marilyn Higgins is Vice President of Community Engagement and Economic Development, responsible for the Connective Corridor and Near Westside Initiative, two urban revitalization projects that have leveraged $94M in investment and engaged 1,400 students and 70 faculty in the City of Syracuse. Formerly the Vice President of Economic Development for National Grid Corporation, she has successfully attracted businesses and jobs to communities across Upstate New York and served on the Boards of over 20 economic development and non-profit organizations. Marilyn can be reached at (315) 443-8052.
Christopher M. Sedore is the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management. Under his leadership, the primary goals of the division are to recruit and enroll academically excellent incoming classes; provide quality data analysis to support University decision-making; develop market research to support new academic programs and assess future demand; position University College as a competitive provider of online and continuing education; and cultivate a strong, consistent brand that will enhance student recruitment and all strategic areas of the University. The division comprises a number of key University offices, including Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Enrollment Management, Institutional Research and Assessment, and Marketing and Communications, as well as University College. Chris began his career at Syracuse University in 1991, serving in roles of increasing responsibility within Information Technology before becoming the Vice President for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer in 2009. In 2012, he went on to become the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations, where he was charged with ensuring that all units within Academic Affairs were highly effective and efficient; and that faculty and students are well served by the division’s administrative support units. He can be reached at (315) 443-3402.
LaVonda N. Reed is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. 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.
Institutional Research and Assessment
Elizabeth “Libby” A. Barlow is Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment. The office provides leadership in developing and implementing the University’s institutional research and assessment plan to support institutional planning, policy analysis, and program improvement. It also conducts and coordinates research and assessment, including the implementation and reporting for national studies and University and school/college accreditation and retention efforts.
International Education and Engagement
Margaret Himley is Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement. She leads the critically important international education initiatives and programs, supporting the global ambitions of the University’s schools/colleges and faculty and students, allowing for greater integration of academic directions and learning outcomes with the operational dimensions of SU’s international programs centered in SU Abroad. She is also professor of writing and rhetoric, director of undergraduate studies and associate chair of the Writing Program, and co-director of the LGBT Studies Program, of which she is founding co-director. Margaret has more than 25 years at SU and served in many leadership roles to help SU address issues of teaching and learning, while also introducing vibrant new areas of scholarship to the University. Margaret can be reached at (315) 443-9416.
Peter Vanable was named Interim Dean of the Graduate School on September 30, 2015 and assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Research on January 1, 2016. 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.
Vanable earned an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Vanable completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.
Strategic 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 323 Crouse-Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244.
Sherburne “Shere” Abbott is Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy. She works with faculty, staff, students, and the wider community to strengthen connections between scholarship and practice and forge new institutional collaborations that create integrated approaches to sustainability and advance the University’s commitment to leadership in sustainability in higher education. She serves as co-chair of SU’s Steering Committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and provides oversight of the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Shere earned an A.B. from Goucher College and an M.F.S. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is recognized as an internationally known expert in sustainability and comes to SU after serving in the Executive Office of the President as Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Shere can be reached at (315) 443-5506.
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.