Aaron M. Podolefsky, Ph.D.Aaron Podolefsky, Ph.D.

Podolefsky Appointed President of Buffalo State College

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed Aaron Podolefsky as the next president of Buffalo State College at its meeting in New York on Tuesday, March 23. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced last week that she would formally recommend Podolefsky for the college’s top post. Podolefsky was the overwhelming choice of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and College Council following a national search.

“I am grateful to the board for approving his appointment and recognizing the great talent and promise that Dr. Podolefsky’s leadership has to offer,” Zimpher said.

“Dr. Podolefsky comes to us with extensive experience as a higher education administrator and mentor, having led the University of Central Missouri to record levels of academic quality and the highest rates for job placement and graduation in its history,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chair Carl T. Hayden. “I am confident that Buffalo State College will continue to grow and prosper under his leadership. Our thanks go out to Search Committee Chairman and College Council Vice Chairman Howard Zemsky and his colleagues for their hard work and the outstanding result.”

Podolefsky has served as president and professor of anthropology at the University of Central Missouri since 2005. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from San José State University and two master of arts degrees—in liberal studies and anthropology—and a Ph.D. with distinction in anthropology from Stony Brook University. He has authored numerous scholarly books, textbooks, and articles, and he is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

His appointment as Buffalo State’s eighth president becomes effective July 1, 2010.

The full news release is available on the SUNY Web site.