President Deborah F. Stanley is the 10th President of the State University of
New York at Oswego.

Her tenure has been highlighted by academic excellence, campus renewal and the creation of a learner-centered environment. She established the Presidential Scholarship Program for outstanding academic achievers, the Possibility Scholarship Program, and the pioneering Oswego Guarantee that promises the necessary classes will be available for students to complete a degree within four consecutive years and, during those years, there will be no increase in the cost of room or meal plans. She enhanced the Oswego Guarantee with the Graduation ROI in 2013 – a $300 Return on Investment (ROI) awarded to all first-time students who complete their baccalaureate degree in four years or less.

President Stanley initiated the successful national accreditation for the School of Education and national and international accreditation for the School of Business. She established the SUNY Oswego in Syracuse campus, which now offers 14 bachelor's, master’s and advanced certificate programs via a combination of day, evening and online classes to accommodate the busy schedules of nontraditional students and working professionals in Central New York.  Under her leadership, new programs such as biomedical and health informatics, electrical and computer engineering, human-computer interaction, human development, strategic communications, cinema and screen studies and the online MBA programs were established. 

Her ambitious campus-wide renewal plan, now in its second decade, encompasses hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and construction, including the environmentally designated LEED Gold Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. She launched Oswego’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, spearheaded a massive upgrade of campus technology, internet and laboratory equipment and guided the college to its most culturally diverse student body in SUNY Oswego’s history—25.8% of the total undergraduate and graduate population including a record-setting 33.8% of the first-year class self-identified as culturally diverse at the start of the fall 2016 semester.

In 2011, President Stanley launched With Passion and Purpose: The Campaign for SUNY Oswego. The Campaign engaged and inspired the Oswego family, including more than 16,000 donors representing alumni, employees, students, parents and friends and raised $43.48 million during the five-year (2011-2016) fundraising period.

Leading the way to greater educational excellence and success on campus, President Stanley has also helped to increase SUNY Oswego’s reputation nationally, evidenced by the U.S. News and World Report rankings of #12 among public institutions and #44 in Top Regional Universities in the North.  SUNY Oswego was also recently recognized by U.S. News as the top-ranked online MBA program in New York state and 27th nationally; a Best for Vets College by Military Times; and listed in The Princeton Review’s Best in the Northeast, Best Business Schools and Green Colleges.

She serves on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership and is chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities board of directors. She is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. She served a three-year term as board chair of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and is a member of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

Stanley earned baccalaureate and juris doctor degrees from Syracuse University, which has presented her its Distinguished Alumni Award. The State Senate has named her a New York State Woman of Distinction.

President Deborah F. Stanley