Leroy E. Bynum, Jr., D.M.A., is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this position, he serves as the chief academic officer and is second to the President in overall authority. Responsibilities include leadership to all academic units to ensure that Academic Affairs fulfills the mission of the College. The units that report to the Provost include the School of Arts and Humanities, Thelma P. Lally School of Education, Huether School of Business, School of Mathematics and Sciences, Neil Hellman Library, Office of the Registrar, and Office of Academic Advising. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs chairs several standing committees including the Undergraduate Academic Committee, Graduate Academic Committee, and Strategic Planning and Priorities Committee. In addition, this position meets regularly with other committees and groups including the Representative Committee of the Faculty, Faculty Salary Committee, Liberal Education Coordinating Committee, Professional Development Committee, Academic Grievance Board, Rank and Tenure Committee, Department Chairs and Program Coordinators, Academic and Student Affairs Council, and Deans Council. The Provost also works closely with the Educational Programs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Office of Academic Affairs is located on the first floor of the Administration Center, 1000 Madison Avenue. The Provost can be reached at 518-454-5160. Click her for Leroy’s e-mail
Debra Liberatore LeBlanc is the Director for the Office of the Provost/VPAA. She has lead responsibility in such areas as updating Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs, updating the Faculty Handbooks, organizing Honors Convocation and organizing the new faculty orientation program. She also coordinates communication and administrative processes associated with faculty development, Board of Trustee reporting, MSA accreditation and faculty recruitment. Deb coordinates preparation of the MSA reaccreditation including responsibility for document preparation, assessment planning and research. D’s office is located on the second floor of the Administration Center, 1000 Madison Avenue. Her direct number is (518) 458-5387. Click here for Deb’s e-mail.
Jenny DesChamps is Executive Administrative Assistant to the Provost/VPAA. She has primary responsibility for generating faculty contracts for new, continuing and temporary full time faculty; for maintaining all faculty files; and for preparing the annual Academic Calendar and Meeting Schedule. She also works with RepCom in maintaining and publishing rosters for the College’s Standing Committees. Jenny coordinates scheduling for the Provost/VPAA as well as for most events and meetings emanating from the Provost/VPAA office and provides direct administrative support for the following committees: Undergraduate Academic Committee, Graduate Academic Committee, Educational Program Committee (Board of Trustees), Department Chairs meetings, and the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Jenny’s office is located on the first floor of the Administration Center, 1000 Madison Avenue. Her direct number is (518) 454-5160. Click here for Jenny’s e-mail.
Claire VanDenbergh is Administrative Secretary. Claire has primary responsibility for assembling and distributing the Collegiate Copie as well as for maintaining two organization sites on Blackboard: Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning and Priorities Committee (SPPC). Claire also provides direct support for report preparation related to the on-going work of the SPPC as well as for editing work associated with review and approval of changes to the Faculty Manual. Claire’s office is located on the first floor of the Administration Center, 1000 Madison Avenue. Her direct number is (518) 458-5349. Click here for Claire’s e-mail.
Our Spring 2016 graduate assistants are Lauren Werking, Kathleen Whyte and Brian Willis. Our graduate assistants work on special projects for the Provost/VPAA office, such as, but not limited to, processing and entering data into the Assessment Database; generating assessment reports on Student Learning Outcomes, Program Review and the Strategic Budget Initiatives; and preparing historical reports. They also produce abstracts for Faculty Development grants and initiatives coordinated by the Provost, as well as undergraduate research projects. In addition, the graduate assistants assist with special projects in the office related to grant applications, service learning, Honors Convocation, and the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog revision process.