Board of Trustees

Mission And Vision

The following statements provided the roadmap and guidebook the organization uses to develop its strategic thinking. These statements indicate where the college is going and helps to prioritize SUNY Erie's strategy options. They also tell college officials what to bring along on the journey and provide benchmarks for determining progress.


SUNY Erie meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing high-quality, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs committed to student success.


SUNY Erie will serve as an innovative learning resource by striving for universal access to lifelong learning, catalyzing economic and cultural development, and supporting a diverse and mobile student body.

SUNY Erie Excels

The College's Strategic Plan consists of five major pillars: Access, Completion, Engagement, Operations and Success. Each pillar consists of focus areas that contain goals and initiatives. Each initiative is part of a five-year timeline for the full implementation of Excels. Learn more about Excels.


Board Of Trustees

The 10-member Board of Trustees of SUNY Erie is comprised of four members appointed by the governor, five members appointed by the Erie County Executive and approved by the Erie County Legislature, and a voting student trustee elected by the student body of the three campuses. The board's responsibilities include approving the annual budget, setting policies and requirements, responding to community needs, approving personnel appointments, and guiding the college in setting and achieving its Mission and goals.

2022-2023 Meeting Schedule 

All meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
View the Board of Trustees Meeting Documents.

September 29, 2022
October 27, 2022
November 17, 2022
December 15, 2022
January 26, 2023
February 23, 2023
March 30, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 25, 2023
June 29, 2023
August 31, 2023

Board of Trustees Members

Jeffrey Stone, Vice Chairman
Jeffrey Stone, Board Chair
Appointed: 2019
Committee Membership: Budget, Audit & Human Resources
Melodie Baker
Melodie Baker, Vice Chair
Appointed: 2022
Committee Membership: Policy & Governance
Carrie Phillips
Carrie Phillips, Secretary
Appointed: 2019
Committee Membership: Technology; Strategic Planning & Assessment
Danise Wilson, Chairwoman
Danise Wilson, Past Chair
Appointed: 2015
Committee Membership: Curriculum, Student Success, and Diversity; Budget, Audit & Human Resources; Policy & Governance
Leonard Lenihan
Leonard Lenihan
Appointed: 2017
Committee Membership: Budget, Audit & Human Resources; Marketing; Strategic Planning & Assessment
Amanda Lowe
Amanda Lowe
Appointed: 2022
Candace Morrison
Candace Morrison
Appointed: 2022
Committee Membership: Marketing; Curriculum, Student Success and Diversity
Marcell Soares Pinheiro, Student Trustee
Marcell Soares Pinheiro, Student Trustee
Elected: 2022-23
Committee Membership: Curriculum, Student Success, and Diversity; Budget, Audit & Human Resources; Policy & Governance