GENESEO, N.Y. - Jim Milroy, a veteran financial administrator in higher education and municipal government, has been named vice president for administration and finance at SUNY Geneseo, effective July 1. Milroy, serving as Geneseo's assistant vice president for budget and financial analysis and government relations officer since 2006, succeeds Ken Levison, who is retiring after 26 years.
In addition to overseeing all financial operations of the college, including budgeting, accounting, procurement and student financial aid, Milroy will have administrative responsibility for human resources and payroll, grants management, facilities and planning, auxiliary services and government relations.
"I am delighted that Jim will be advancing to this crucial cabinet-level position for Geneseo," said Christopher C. Dahl, SUNY Geneseo president. "In these challenging economic times, we need someone who understands SUNY and understands the workings of New York state government. Jim Milroy is the person for the job."
Prior to joining Geneseo, Milroy was the commissioner of administration and finance for the City of Buffalo, where he was responsible for the development, oversight and performance of the city's $1 billion budget. In the position, he was chief administrative officer for more than 100 employees in seven divisions.
"I appreciate the honor of being selected to succeed Dr. Levison as the next vice president," said Milroy. "I look forward to building upon his legacy by working with the tremendously talented and hard-working people at Geneseo. Together we will continue to meet our financial challenges while providing our students the high quality education they deserve and have come to expect from the college."
Milroy is a 1981 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in political science. He earned a master's degree in public policy and administration and his doctorate in political science, both at the University at Buffalo.
"Jim is a SUNY success story and a good example of the value of a liberal arts education," said Dahl. "He enjoys working with students and also has worked closely with the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce and other local economic development agencies."
Levison built a strong foundation of excellence in administration and finance during a career that spanned more than two decades at Geneseo
"I can't overstate the impact Ken Levison has had on helping us build Geneseo into one of the strongest public liberal arts colleges in the country," said Dahl. "His day-to-day engagement with the campus has been a strong cohesive force for the Geneseo community, and his thoughtful guidance on financial matters has been crucial, especially during tough economic times. I am deeply grateful for his tremendous contributions to the college and to higher education. He has served both with high distinction."
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