In May 2017, Martha Jo Asselin, Ph.D. stepped into her role as the inaugural Director of The Center for Leadership and Service at the University at Albany. She is also a Visiting Professor for the Educational Policy and Leadership program at the State University of New York – University at Albany. Prior to this, Dr. Asselin proudly served the State University of New York – Schenectady County Community College for over 27 years as the Vice President for Student Affairs and for 17 months as the institution’s Acting President. Dr. Asselin has more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education reflecting a diverse career.
Dr. Asselin is recognized on the Schalmont High School’s Alumni Wall of Distinction (2014), a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service (1994) and the Good News Award from the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce (2010), the YWCA of Schenectady as a Woman of Achievement (2011), and the SUNY Student Affairs and Special Programs Award (2008). In addition, Dr. Asselin is a graduate of various leadership programs to include: the Future Presidents Institute by American Association of Community Colleges (2016), the SUNY and Isaacson Miller Executive Leadership Academy (June 2015), the year-long Schenectady Leadership Development Program through Union Graduate College (2012) and the weeklong SUNY Leadership Institute (2012). Dr. Asselin is active in her profession through professional affiliations and memberships, her campus through committee memberships and activities, and her community through her board work. Most notably, she is a Board member for the American Council on Education Women’s Network in New York State.
Dr. Asselin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology and sociology from SUNY Oswego, a Master’s of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany. In 2012, Dr. Asselin published her dissertation, Utilizing Social Networks in Times of Crisis: Understanding, Exploring and Analyzing Critical Incident Management at Institutions of Higher Education.
Assistant Director Cheryl Simmons '09
As a class of ‘09 alumna with a bachelor of arts in psychology and theatre as well as various undergraduate student organization experience, Cheryl considers herself a product of UAlbany. Cheryl shifted to the Center after working nearly 5 years in the Division for University Development which includes the Alumni Association, University Events, and the University at Albany Foundation. Prior to that Cheryl spent 3 years in the University's Performing Arts Center where she managed in-house, local, national, and international events ranging from meetings, lectures, and conferences to musical and theatrical performances.
Cheryl believes we all influence those around us regardless of our intent. In her opinion leadership is the acknowledgement of that influence and the will to make it positive. “It’s a superpower we all possess and can use generously without cost to anyone.” Oh… and on Wednesdays she wears pink.
Graduate Assistant Echo Cutter
I am the Graduate Assistant for the Center. I am from Hudson Falls, NY. I earned my B.A. in Human Development from SUNY Oswego and I am pursuing my M.A. in Higher Education here at U Albany. In undergrad I killed a cactus I had for only a semester. Currently, I have kept a house plant alive for two months and counting!!