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President's Biography

Deborah F. Stanley is the 10th President of the State University of New York at Oswego, a college widely recognized for its broad program offerings and high quality. Oswego has earned a high ranking as a "Top Up-and-Coming School" in America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report and as a Kiplinger's and USA Today/Princeton Review "Best Value" college.

Among President Stanley's many significant contributions at the college are the Oswego Guarantee, an unprecedented merit scholarship program, and a capital improvement plan encompassing $800 million in completed and planned campus renewal projects, including the Marano Campus Center, Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation , and a residential townhouse village for students — all built to high standards of environmental design. She established new programs in engineering, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse and the college's School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

Her commitment to a learner-centered environment has strengthened SUNY Oswego's academic reputation, bringing national and international accreditation for the School of Education, the School of Business and programs in the arts. She launched two major fundraising campaigns and spearheaded a massive upgrade of campus technological capabilities, including wireless computing environments and "smart" technology in classrooms.

Nationally, President Stanley serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on the Center for Effective Leadership. She chairs the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and co-chair, treasurer of AASCU's Millennium Leadership Initiative Executive Steering Committee. She is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. She also serves on the executive committee of the New York Presidents for Climate Action Initiative.

In the region, she chairs the board of directors of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and was formerly chairperson of the CenterState Development Foundation. She is a member of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator Advisory Board. For the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, she co-chairs a transformational committee on Say Yes to Education.

For more than a decade, she served on the board of OCNB and its successor, Alliance Bank.

Syracuse University, where she earned a baccalaureate degree with honors in English and a juris doctor degree, has presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The New York State Senate has named her a New York State Woman of Distinction.