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Office of the President

Stephen H. Kolison Jr., Ph.D. was named the 14th President of the State University of New York at Fredonia by the State University of New York Board of Trustees on June 29, 2020.

Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr.
Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr.
Prior to his appointment at Fredonia, Dr. Kolison served as Executive Vice President and Provost for the University of Indianapolis. In this capacity, his wide range of responsibilities included providing leadership for achieving the academic mission of the university. He was instrumental in the planning of 10 new degree programs. He also secured overwhelming faculty support to establish three new types of faculty tracks in response to the needs of faculty across the university. Dr. Kolison also planned, launched, and completed the development of an intellectual life vision and an academic master plan for the university.

Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Kolison has been the principal investigator on grants totaling in the millions of dollars.
Dr. Kolison received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Liberia, and his Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Economics from Iowa State University at Ames. 

Office of the President Mission Statement

The President’s Office at the State University of New York at Fredonia supports campus initiatives and assists in fulfilling the campus mission to educate, challenge, and inspire students to become skilled, connected, creative, and responsible global citizens and professionals. Committed to graduating well-rounded students, the office helps promote excellence in scholarly and service work consistent with academic and professional strengths. The office ensures that the campus community works together to promote and nurture diversity and inclusion, advance scholarship, artistic expression, community engagement, and entrepreneurship in ways that positively impact a constantly changing world.