The President's Office

SUNY Erie Community College has begun the process of searching for the 12th President in the College’s history with an anticipated start date of late summer of 2021.

The State University of New York and the SUNY Erie Board of Trustees consider this process to be of the utmost importance to the ongoing success of the College.

Presidential Search

The Process

The search for SUNY Erie’s next president will be co-chaired by College Trustees Mr. Len Lenihan and Ms. Danise Wilson. SUNY Erie's Board of Trustees will employ a national search firm yet to be named to assist in this endeavor. A search timeline will be established and announced once a search firm is identified.

Once identified, the search firm will consult with members of the College community and other key stakeholders to gather their views about the qualities the College's next president should possess in order to move the institution forward. These conversations will be used to assist in the development of the position profile.

A Presidential search committee will also be empaneled to assist in the search process. The search committee will be comprised of board members, students, and representatives from the College, as well as individuals from the private sector including business representatives and community volunteers, and elected officials.

Contact Us

Please email questions, comments on characteristics for the next president or letters of interest in serving on the Presidential Search Committee to

Interim President

The Board established a leadership transition with the approval of the SUNY Erie Board appointment of William D. Reuter as interim president for the campus. His role is effective July 1, 2020.

Reuter previously served as SUNY Erie’s chief administrative and finance officer from 1998-2017 and held the role of interim president at the college from 2006-2008. He has held the position of chief administrative and finance officer at Hudson Valley Community College since 2017.

“SUNY Erie is pleased to welcome Bill back to the College to serve in the role of interim president,” said Lenihan. “Bill’s extensive knowledge of the SUNY system and the College makes him precisely the right person to lead SUNY Erie at this transitional point in our history. The Board and I are looking forward to working with him as we recover from this unprecedented time and pave the way for our next president.”

Reuter had also previously served as chief financial officer and treasurer at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, deputy comptroller in the Erie County Comptroller’s Office and as a management consultant in the Erie County Budget Office.

Search Profile

SUNY Erie's search officially launched on February 22, 2021.

For full consideration, applications should be received by April 12, 2021. The application must include a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for five current professional references and should be sent to:

View the full SUNY Erie Presidential Search Profile.

Search Consultant/Firm

After a comprehensive RFP process, SUNY Erie Community College's Board of Trustees has selected AGB Search to assist in the search for the College's next president.

Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, AGB Search offers executive search, interim search, and compensation evaluation services exclusively for higher education institutions.

The search team at AGB will be led by Mr. Fred Moore and Ms. Kim Bobby.

Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will assist in developing promotional materials, reviewing applications, and completing other search tasks, leading to the recommendation of a final pool of candidates to the SUNY Erie Board of Trustees and, ultimately, the SUNY Board of Trustees. Selected committee members reflect the diversity of the College community and include trustees, faculty, students, administrators and other community stakeholders.

Members Of The Presidential Search Committee

SUNY Erie Community College’s Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the members of the Presidential Search Committee:

Len Lenihan, Committee Co-Chair, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Danise Wilson, Committee Co-Chair, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Kate Masiello, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Jeff Stone, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Susan Swarts, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Travis Poling, Student Trustee, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Mark Poloncarz (Designee), Erie County Executive
April Baskin, Chair, Erie County Legislature
Tim Meyers, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Joseph Lorigo, Minority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Andy Sako, FFECC President, SUNY Erie Community College
Maureen Doyle, AAECC President, SUNY Erie Community College
Erika Hendra, College Senate representative, SUNY Erie Community College
Petrina Hill-Cheatom, Dean of Students representative, SUNY Erie Community College
Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Erie Community College
Elaine Gross, SUNY Erie Community College
Dottie Gallagher (Designee), President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Althea Luehrsen, ECC Foundation representative & Executive Director, Leadership Buffalo
Lenora Foote-Beavers, Buffalo City Court Judge
Jill O'Malley, SUNY Erie Professor/Kenmore Town Board
Darren Brown-Hall, Chief of Staff, Buffalo Public Schools
Larry Cook, Vice President, John R. Oishei Foundation
Demone Smith, Executive Director, Buffalo Employment & Training Center
Stephen Tucker, President & CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center
Tom Webb, SUNY Erie Instructor/Attorney
Keith Lewis, Superintendent, Lackawanna School District
Sheri Scavone (Designee), Executive Director, WNY Women's Foundation
Dr. Francisco M. Vasquez, Former Chair, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo


A full timeline will be published upon confirmation of dates and milestones, but it is anticipated that the College's next president will begin their duties in the late summer of 2021.

Meetings & Events

Information on upcoming meetings and events will be posted as dates/times are confirmed.

Community Input

Community input is a vital part of the search process. More information will be posted on opportunities for community input as the search progresses.