2004 Alum Donald Boyce Named to Search Committee as SUNY Pursues Replacement for John R. Ryan

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – As student trustee to the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees, SUNY Orange graduate Donald Boyce represents the more than 425,000 students who comprise the nation’s largest comprehensive university system. In the coming months, he will carry the voice of the students once again as he has been named to the search committee tasked with uncovering SUNY’s next chancellor.

The 18-member Chancellor Search Committee, announced by SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden on Monday, Jan. 14, is charged with conducting the search for a permanent SUNY chancellor to succeed John R. Ryan, who stepped down in May. Dr. John B. Clark currently serves as interim chancellor. Membership of the committee reflects the diverse SUNY community and includes college and university presidents, students, faculty, trustees and alumni.

Boyce, who also serves as president of the SUNY Student Assembly, graduated from SUNY Orange in 2004 with an associate’s degree in business administration. He currently co-chairs the SUNY Board of Trustee’s Student Life Committee and serves as member of the Academic Standards and Executive committees. Currently, he is enrolled at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, working toward his Master of Arts in Public Administration. Boyce is also a member of Governor Eliot Spitzer's Higher Education Commission which is charged with identifying ways to improve the quality of higher education offered in New York State.

Committed to student leadership, Boyce served as president of the Student Senate at SUNY Orange, comptroller and CFO of the Student Association at the University at Albany, and vice president of the Graduate Student Organization at the University at Albany. Further, he has served the Student Assembly in the past as both treasurer and director of academics. Boyce, from Wurtsboro, N.Y., is a graduate of Monticello High School and a winner of the Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence.

A handful of distinguished citizens from outside of SUNY have been asked to join the search committee, including Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society, Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League, Enrique Senior, a managing director at Allen & Company, and ReiJane Huai, CEO of FalconStor Software, a global data protection and storage virtualization company based on Long Island.

“SUNY is the youngest and largest comprehensive system of higher education system in the nation. The opportunity to lead it represents a unique challenge. By the very composition of the search committee, we intend to signal our commitment to extending the global reach and influence of SUNY. Our goal is to conduct a rigorous international search that succeeds in attracting a broad and deep pool of candidates. I am excited to begin our work,” said Hayden, who will chair the committee. SUNY Trustee Gerri Warren-Merrick will serve as vice chair of the committee.

“Very few positions rival that of SUNY chancellor in the world of higher education,” Warren-Merrick said. “The next SUNY chancellor has a wonderful opportunity to lead, educate and inspire New York and the nation. We will be aggressive in our efforts and we are eager to begin the process.”

The Committee will be assisted with the national search by Michael Baer, Arnie Miller, Sean Farrell and Monroe Moseley of the Boston-based firm of Isaacson Miller Search Consultants.

Committee members serve on a voluntary basis without compensation. The committee will conclude its work by recommending to the SUNY Board of Trustees a short list of finalists. The board will consider the finalists and then vote in public session to name the next SUNY chancellor.

Clark will not be a candidate in the search. He was appointed interim chancellor after Ryan, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, announced that he was leaving SUNY become the president of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.

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Donald Boyce, Student Trustee, SUNY Board of Trustees, President of the SUNY Student Assembly
Edward F. Cox, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees, Partner - Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
Vishakha N. Desai, President and CEO, Asia Society
Carl T. Hayden, Chairman of SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Emeritus of New York State Board of Regents
Muriel Howard, President, SUNY College at Buffalo
ReiJane Huai, Chairman and CEO, FalconStor Software, Inc. and SUNY Stony Brook Alumnus (1985)
Milton Johnson, President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges and Associate Professor of Speech, Finger Lakes Community College
Alain Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany
John LaRosa, President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn
H. Carl McCall, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees and Former New York State Comptroller
Enrique F. Senior, Managing Director, Allen & Company
John Simpson, President, State University at Buffalo
David Skorton, President, Cornell University
Debbie Sydow, President, Onondaga Community College
Paul Tagliabue, Chairman, Board of Directors, the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, the State University of New York and Former Commissioner, National Football League
Candace Vancko, President, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Gerri Warren-Merrick, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees and president of WarrenMerrick Communications
Carl Wiezalis, Member, SUNY Board of Trustees, President of the University Faculty Senate and Professor of Respiratory Therapy, Upstate Medical Center

Staff to Search Committee:
John J. O'Connor, Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the University
Aimee Bernstein, Associate Vice Chancellor

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