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    UAlbany-CNSE Reunification

A Roadmap for the Transfer of CNSE to UAlbany

On December 13, 2022, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted to formally begin the process of transferring the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) back to the University at Albany. The Trustees have directed leadership at UAlbany to work with their counterparts at SUNY Polytechnic Institute to deliver a comprehensive transition plan no later than December 2023.


Steering Committee

President Rodríguez has convened a Steering Committee to guide the master planning process. The Steering Committee will synthesize the work and recommendations of five working groups focused on the core academic and administrative functional areas essential to successfully and efficiently reintegrating CNSE with UAlbany.

The chairs of the Steering Committee and the working groups will closely collaborate with their corresponding counterparts (if applicable) at SUNY Poly.

The Steering Committee will:
  • Ensure successful transition of CNSE to UAlbany.
  • Provide direction and oversight of the different workgroups and review/approve their recommendations
  • Review and approval of Masterplan to be submitted to the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Chairs of the workgroups, among others

  • Havidán Rodríguez, UAlbany President, Chair 
  • Carol Kim, Provost, Senior VP for Academic Affairs
  • Todd Foreman, VP for Finance and Administration
  • Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Michael Christakis, VP for Student Affairs
  • Melissa Connolly, VP for Communications and Marketing
  • Michele Grimm, Dean CEAS
  • André Melendez, Dean CNSE
  • Sydney Faught, Chair University Senate
  • Amanda Maleszweski, Chief Campus Counsel
  • Claudia Hernández, President’s Chief of Staff
Academic Affairs

Task: Focus on academic programs, faculty transition, administrative structure, promotion and tenure, accreditation (e.g., MSCHE and ABET, New York State Department of Education), University Senate requirements, etc..


Carol Kim, Provost, Chair
Michele Grimm, CEAS Dean
André Melendez, CNSE Dean
JoAnne Malatesta, Vice Provost and Dean Undergraduate Education
Kevin Williams, Vice Provost and Dean Graduate School
Jeanette Altarriba, College of Arts and Sciences Dean
Karen Chico Hurst, Registrar
Brad Thiel, Faculty Representatives CNSE
Kathy Dunn, Faculty Representatives CNSE
Randy Moulic, Faculty Representatives CEAS
Paul Millard, Faculty Representatives CEAS 
Erin Baker, Representative University Senate
Steve Galime, Provost’s Chief of Staff

Finance and Administration

Task: Budget review; staff transition; facilities; services, etc.


Todd Foreman, VP for Finance and Administration, Chair
Fardin Sanai, VP for Advancement
Gary Evans, Director, Human Resources
Vicki Brock, Representative CEAS
André Melendez, Representative CNSE
Jessica Lansing, Representative University Senate

Research and Economic Development

Task: Transition CNSE research projects and research expenditures, NY CREATES partnership, indirect costs, Research Foundation, etc..


Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, VP for Research and Economic Development, Chair
Nate Cady, Faculty Researcher CNSE 
Keith Kaplan, Faculty Researcher CNSE 
Randy Moulic, Faculty Researcher CEAS 
Gary Saulnier, Faculty Researcher CEAS 
Noelle Angelozzi, Budget Office
Paul Kelly, Representative NY CREATES
Paula Kaloyeros, Representative UAlbany RF
Jesse Ernst, Representative University Senate

Student Affairs and Student Success

Task: Ensure successful transition of students from CNSE to UAlbany; recruitment and admission of new CNSE students; student services; student success initiatives, including advising, etc.


Michael Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs, Chair
Ed Engelbride, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
JoAnne Malatesta, Vice Provost and Dean Undergraduate Education
Kevin Williams, Vice Provost and Dean Graduate School
Clarence McNeill, Dean of Students
Mark Seabury, Representative CEAS
Krista Thompson, Representative CNSE
Ilka Kressner, Representative University Senate
Mashaal Bhatti, GSA Representative
Enid Walker, SA Representative

Strategic Communications and Marketing

Task: Ensure ongoing communication with University and external communities and corresponding constituent groups; marketing, branding, and website development for the reunified college, etc.


Melissa Connolly, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Chair
Sheila Seery, Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Sam Caldwell, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Director, Office of Communications
Ashley DelSignore, Director, Office of Marketing
Vicki Brock, CEAS Representative
Steve Ference, CNSE Representative
Brian Heaton, ITS Representative
Alec Dawson, Representative University Senate

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