President's Cabinet

President’s Cabinet Members

In December 2022, Dr. Andrew L. Russell has been appointed Officer-In-Charge of SUNY Polytechnic Institute by SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley.
Dr. Russell has served SUNY Poly as dean and professor of History for the College of Arts & Sciences based at the institution’s Utica campus. In addition to administering the 11 undergraduate and graduate programs within the college, he directs the strategy, policies, and processes for the school; supports faculty; and guides proposals for new programs in data science and communications, among other responsibilities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

As Interim Provost, Dr. Montgomery is responsible for overseeing each academic department, including Scholarship, Accreditation, Assessment, Distance Learning, Institutional Research, the Library, Registrar, and Student Success, in addition to the Deans of each of SUNY Poly’s colleges and Graduate School, as well as the academic fiscal balance of the institution, in order to foster increasing academic excellence and accountability. As Chief Diversity Officer, 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.

In this role, Wayne reports to the president and is responsible for directing the work of the Office of the President and serving as the liaison between the President’s Office and SUNY Chancellor’s Office, governance bodies, and the campus community. He is also responsible for the creation, refinement, and enhancement of a variety of strategic and tactical vehicles to create overarching policy, communication, and strategy in the realm of government, industry, and community interactions and partnerships.
This position has the authority to assist in determining, creating, and affecting policy for SUNY Poly, and Wayne will provide leadership to the strategic planning process, oversee the implementation of new programmatic and strategic initiatives, and carry out other strategic and operational oversight duties as assigned by the President.


    College Deans

    • Michael Carpenter, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Engineering; Associate Provost for Research
    • Joanne Joseph, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences
    • Xinjian (Arthur) Lu, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business
    • Carlie Phipps, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    President’s Office Staff

    • Daniel Sargent, Executive Assistant to the President


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