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SUNY Erie continues leadership shift with addition of education finance professional

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—SUNY Erie Community College is pleased to announce Penelope Howard as its new executive vice president of Administration and Finance, effective January 4, 2018.

“We are pleased to welcome Penny Howard to the SUNY Erie team as our EVP of Administration and Finance,” said Dr. Dan Hocoy, President of SUNY Erie. “Not only does she bring a wealth of experience in higher education finance, but she also possesses the soft skills necessary to work in the areas of negotiations and contract management. Penny’s diverse skill set will bring much needed leadership in an area that is vital to the future success of SUNY Erie.” 

A certified public accountant and Virginia native, Howard takes over SUNY Erie’s top financial management position following more than 20 years of experience managing cost-effective operations, analysis and audit for financial and regulatory compliance in both higher education and healthcare organizations. Her previous education stops include the College of William and Mary (chief financial officer), Longwood University (associate vice president and chief information officer for Information Technology Services) ) and the Virginia Community College System (assistant vice chancellor for Technology Administration Services). 

She is an alum of Farmville, Virginia’s Longwood University (B.S., Business Administration) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Executive M.B.A.); and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Policy and Planning Leadership, Higher Education from the College of William and Mary.

Howard fills a chief administrative and financial position previously held by Bill Reuter, who left SUNY Erie over the summer for a similar post with Hudson Valley Community College. Reuter was with the College for nearly two decades.   

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.