Public Engagement Council

The Public Engagement Council (PEC) advises UAlbany leadership and the Office for Public Engagement on matters related to the University’s engagement agenda.

The PEC reviews and provides input on processes, policies, projects, and initiatives intended to support and fulfill the University’s institutional commitment to carrying out impactful scholarship, teaching, and service as underscored in its strategic plan. The PEC membership is made up of faculty, staff, students, and leaders representing the University’s nine colleges and schools, and numerous multidisciplinary centers, divisions, departments, units, and associations.


  • Co-chair: Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean, School of Education
  • Co-chair: Philip Nasca, Dean, School of Public Health
  • Darrell P. Wheeler, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


  • Jeanette Altarriba, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Rich Becker, Director, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Mark Benson, Director of Athletics
  • Kim L. Boyer, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvey Charles, Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy
  • Michael Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Meghan Cook, Program Director, Center for Technology in Government
  • Kim Engel, Assistant Director, Performing Arts Center
  • Patrick Ferlo, Director, Performing Arts Center
  • Winsome Foderingham, Assistant Director, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Cynthia Fox, Associate Professor of French Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathleen Gersowitz, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • William Hedberg, Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Michael Jaromin, Executive Director of Campus Life, Division of Student Affairs
  • Suzanne Lance, Assistant Director, New York State Writers Institute
  • Nancy Lauricella, Executive Director, Community Standards, Division of Student Affairs
  • Karl Luntta, Director of Media Relations, Office of Communication and Marketing
  • Andi Lyons, Professor/Resident Designer/Head of Design and Technology and Theatre Program Director, Department of Music and Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of the Office for Environmental Sustainability
  • Diana Mancini, Assistant Dean, School of Criminal Justice
  • Tamra Minor, Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Rebecca Mugridge,  Dean of University Libraries
  • R. Karl Rethemeyer, Interim Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
  • Janet Riker, Director, University Art Museum
  • David Rousseau, Interim Dean, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Lawrence Schell, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities; Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lee Serravillo, Jr., Executive Director, University at Albany Alumni Association
  • Betty Shadrick, Assistant Dean of Graduate Education and Director of Graduate Student Diversity
  • Hany Shawky, Interim Dean, School of Business
  • Christy Smith, Assistant Dean for Professional Studies, School of Education 
  • Sharon Stevens, Director, Community and Public Service Program
  • Douglas Sweet, Coordinator of Student Learning and Assessment, Division of Student Affairs

Graduate Student Association Representatives

  • Kat Slye, President
  • Benjamin Mielenz, Vice President

Student Association Representatives

  • Brittany Ellis, Director, Community Engagement and Outreach
  • Pat Gareau, Chair, Community Engagement and Outreach

PEC Affiliates
Campus leaders who contribute to the Public Engagement Council’s work and are invited to meetings

  • Carl L. Anderson, Associate Athletics Director, Department of Athletics & Recreation
  • James Butterworth, Executive Director, Capital Area School Development Association, School of Education
  • John Delano, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
  • James Dias, Vice President for Research
  • Daniel Goodwin, Associate Professor of Digital Media & Photography, Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Yenisel Gulatee, University Senate Secretary and Human Development Program Coordinator, School of Education
  • Richard Hamm, Professor and Chair, Department of History
  • Janine Jurkowski, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice & Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, School of Public Health
  • Larry Levine, Research Analyst, Institutional Research Planning and Effectiveness
  • Theresa Pardo, Director, Center for Technology in Government and Research Associate Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
  • Betsey Schuhle, Associate Director, Capital Area School Development Association, School of Education
  • Donald Siegel, Professor, School of Business
  • Bruce Szelest, Vice Provost for Administration, Office of the Provost
  • Kevin Williams, Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Studies
  • Edelgard Wulfert, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences