Steven Ralston, Ph.D., is the 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 here for Steve’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. Deb’s office is located on the first floor of the Administration Center, 1000 Madison Avenue. Her direct number is (518) 458-5387. Click here for Deb’s e-mail.
Theresa Setzer is Executive Secretary 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. Theresa 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. Theresa’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 Theresa’s e-mail.