President's Cabinet

President’s Cabinet Members

  • Tod A. Laursen, Ph.D.
    Acting President
  • Mary Ellen Burdick
    Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Finance
    In this role, Mary Ellen will be responsible for business affairs, student accounts, purchasing, accounts payable, and mailroom and print shop offices, as well as oversight of all of SUNY Poly’s financial activities. She is also tasked with leading campus budget planning efforts and maintaining internal controls to ensure assets are adequately safeguarded and that all financial reporting is prepared in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and policies.
  • Nathaniel Cady, Ph.D.
    Interim Vice President of Research
    As Interim Vice President of Research, Dr. Cady will provide effective leadership in advancing SUNY Poly’s world-class academic research, supporting and enabling R&D opportunities for faculty and researchers, and providing students with hands-on research experience to impart the skills required to support their future successes.
  • Steve Ference
    Director of University Communications
    As Director of University Communications, Steve Ference is responsible for the support, development, and strategic deployment of various communications vehicles to assist in augmenting SUNY Poly’s global educational, research, development, and economic growth programs.
  • Rhonda Haines
    Vice President of Human Resources
    In this capacity, Rhonda Haines provides strategic direction and execution of Human Resources strategies and plans, focusing on aligning them with the institution’s operations and in support of SUNY Poly’s academic and research mission. This includes formulating, implementing, and establishing policies and practices, managing all personnel operations and administration, and serving as the institution’s Affirmative Action and Chief Ethics Officer.
  • Andrea LaGatta
    Assistant Vice President of Development
    As Assistant Vice President of Development, Andrea is responsible for creating, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive and effective philanthropic program focused on significantly increasing the Foundation’s endowment, cultivating gifts, increasing the number of donors, and growing the Foundation’s engagement with key stakeholders of SUNY Poly, including alumni, employees, industry partners, community members, business leaders and board members. She also serves as the Executive Director of the SUNY Poly Foundation.
  • Mark J. Lemire
    Associate Counsel
    As the Chief Campus Counsel, Mark Lemire is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, as well as, assisting SUNY System Administration with legal issues. Mark has been practicing law for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience in multiple diverse areas that include higher education, student affairs, labor and employment, contract drafting and negotiation, municipal, civil rights and complex commercial litigation and arbitrations. Mark also has significant experience in the areas of white collar investigations, securities class action matters, accounting malpractice, intellectual property and licensing disputes. Mark is a proud graduate of the SUNY System and earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 2001.  As advisor to the College leadership, Mark provides counsel in furtherance of achieving SUNY and SUNY Poly’s goals of improving society by advancing knowledge and promoting entrepreneurship and economic development.  
  • Marybeth Lyons
    Vice President for Student Affairs; Vice President for Enrollment Management
    As Vice President for Student Affairs, Marybeth Lyons is responsible for determining strategic direction and long-range planning of Student Affairs, with oversight of Athletics (Athletic Compliance & Academic Success); the Wellness Center (Health Services, Health Promotion and Counseling); Residential and Campus Life (student activities, student government, first-year seminar, and orientation); Career Services; Disability Services; the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP); Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); the CARE team; and Community Standards and Leadership Development.

    As Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marybeth Lyons is responsible for providing leadership and support for Enrollment Management at SUNY Poly and for integration of the goals of Enrollment Management with the larger strategic goals of the University. Ms. Lyons works with Undergraduate Admissions functional areas and is tasked with increasing enrollment numbers in both undergraduate and graduate programs through innovative tactics and policies.
  • Mark Montgomery, Ph.D.
    Chief Diversity Officer
    As Chief Diversity Office, Dr. Montgomery leads the president's committee on diversity, equity and inclusion and develops implements and provides strategic leadership for SUNY Poly’s diversity plan to ensure a campus community that is welcoming, supportive, values differences and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff. Dr. Montgomery is also responsible for the development and implementation of curricular offerings in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, and providing leadership in the cooperative creation and delivery of Institution-wide diversity, equity and cultural competency training programs. As CDO, Dr. Montgomery works with Human Resources and provides guidance in the adoption of best practices in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion. He focuses on opportunities relating to increasing the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff. He is also focused on creating or revising policies and procedures related to advancing an inclusive climate that celebrates diversity and promotes equity and inclusion.
  • Zora Thomova, Ph.D.
    Interim Provost
    As SUNY Poly’s Interim Provost, Dr. Zora Thomova oversees academic operations, including SUNY Poly’s six academic colleges and the administrative departments for Scholarship, Accreditation, Assessment, Distance Learning, and Student Success, as well as the Library and Office of the Registrar. The Interim Provost fosters academic excellence and accountability, cultivates innovative academic programs for the long-term growth of the Institution, and supports faculty development while working with other leadership team members to ensure the fiscal health of the academic operations. Dr. Thomova also works closely with SUNY Poly’s shared governance representatives.

College Deans

  • Michael Carpenter, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Engineering
  • Joanne Joseph, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences
  • Xinjian (Arthur) Lu, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business
  • J. Andres Melendez, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Andrew Russell, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

President’s Office Staff

  • Bonnie Davis, Executive Assistant to the President, Albany Campus



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