Steering Committee on Community Engagement

On May 6 then Interim President George Philip and then Interim Provost Susan Phillips created the Steering Committee on Community Engagement.  This step was the outgrowth of the Roundtable on Outreach and Community Engagement convened by them on March 19, 2008.  The Roundtable was a successful first-ever conversation across university units about how UAlbany works with its communities and opportunities to better leverage efforts.

The charge of the Committee was to propose an action plan to make community engagement a widely recognized hallmark of the University, with a major goal to strategically advance and leverage our accomplishments and distinctive strengths in community engagement for greater impact at home and abroad. The Committee was asked to recommend a range of such strategies including those that would potentially position the University for a successful 2010/11 application for the Carnegie Foundation’s elective classification in community engagement.

Committee Membership May 2008 through August 2009

  Co-chair: Lynn Videka, Vice President for Research   Co-chair: Miriam Trementozzi, Associate Vice President
for Community Engagement, President's Office





  Pierre Alric, University Council
  Mary Applegate, M.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Public Health

Joel Berkowitz, Chair, Department of Judaic Studies

  Peter Bloniarz, Dean, College of Computing and Information
  Katherine Briar-Lawson, Dean, School of Social Welfare
  Frank D’Andraia, Dean and Director, University Libraries
  John Delano, Chair, University Senate; Distinguished Teaching Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  Sue Faerman, Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies
  Hayward Derrick Horton, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
  Margaret P. MacClarence, Secretary, University at Albany Foundation
  Robert L. Miller, Jr. Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare

Ruth Pagerey, Assistant Dean for Professional Studies, School of Education

  Donald Siegel, Dean, School of Business

Jeffrey Straussman, Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy


Daniel Wulff, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, representing the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (assisted by Kathleen Gersowitz, Assistant Dean, CAS)


Zheng Yan, Associate Professor, School of Education, Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology


Staff to the Committee: Sarah Imboden, Program Assistant, President’s Office