R. Karl Rethemeyer, Interim Dean

R. Karl Rethemeyer, PhD

A Message from the Dean

All the truly wise things have already been said about change — It's hard… It has to be managed… It creates chaos and opportunity…
It never stops… Maybe change simply is.

We are in a time of change at Rockefeller College. David Rousseau has been asked to take a temporary leave as Rockefeller's dean in order to help lead the University at Albany's effort to meet a new challenge from New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo: the establishment of the nation's first College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, which is set to have operational programs by September 2015. James R. Stellar, UAlbany's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, has asked me to act as interim dean of Rockefeller College during this time. I am honored to serve the College in this capacity for as long as David is needed for the new college.

David and I both view the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity as an exciting development for the University and Rockefeller College. Indeed, the new college will draw heavily on the teaching, training and research programs that we have established in Rockefeller around intelligence analysis, training of first responders, analysis of terrorist organizations and networks, efforts to assist other countries with sanctions and export control, and programs to educate the next generation of public administrators who choose to work in these disciplines. The new college will allow us to expand and extend Rockefeller's offerings while enhancing the status of our programs through the governor's and state's designation of UAlbany as the place for training, education and research on homeland security, cybersecurity and emergency management.

My task over the next year is to continue on with the major initiatives that David and his predecessor Jeff Straussman started that are central to the future of the College, including standing up the Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree, hiring new faculty to continue the growth and renewal of our academic departments, building linkages to other SUNY colleges designed to bring outstanding public affairs students to our MPA program, and working to build online offerings that expand access while retaining our world-class quality.

It is indeed a time of great change and opportunity at Rockefeller College and the University at Albany. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends as we continue to seize opportunities and collectively construct an even more dynamic Rockefeller.


R. Karl Rethemeyer, Interim Dean
R. Karl Rethemeyer, Interim Dean
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy