For Immediate Release —May 15, 2009
Media Relations Manager
SUNY Geneseo’s Kenneth Levison Honored As Financial Executive of the Year
GENESEO, N.Y. – The Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal have named Kenneth H. Levison, vice president for administration and finance at the State University of New York at Geneseo, as financial executive of the year in the nonprofit category. He received the honor at the organization’s annual awards ceremony, where he was commended for his outstanding contributions to the college and community.
Winners were selected based on professional accomplishments, ethics, leadership pertaining to their organizations’ financial performance and civic involvement.
“His broad range of knowledge in academic affairs and student services has made Kenneth Levison one of the longest-serving and most respected CFOs in the state education system,” wrote SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl in his nomination letter. “His creativity and leadership have been major drivers for Geneseo’s current status as a nationally recognized public liberal arts college.”
Levison was one of three nominated in the nonprofit category. Three other executives received top honors in the smaller private company, larger private company and public company categories.
Levison has held his current position since coming to SUNY Geneseo in 1985. He has administrative responsibility for all of the college’s financial operations including budgeting, accounting, student accounts, grants management and financial aid. He also oversees human resources and campus facilities, facilities planning and construction, and environmental health and safety. He also is the key administrative liaison for Campus Auxiliary Services Corp., which provides dining and other ancillary services. Under his leadership, the college has implemented numerous systems to improve efficiency and cut costs, including an online job application process to streamline the hiring process.
In 2000, the National Association of College and University Business Officers awarded Levison its Higher Education Management Award for re-engineering custodial services.
Levison received his doctorate from Harvard. He taught German at Harvard and later at Baldwin Wallace College and at St. John Fisher College. In 1978, he joined the New York State Executive Department as a senior budget examiner in the Division of the Budget’s education unit, where he formulated budgets for various SUNY and CUNY campuses and drafted legislation on higher education. He also served as associate budget examiner and head of the division’s professional staffing and career development unit.
This is the second year the Rochester Chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal have sponsored the financial executives of the year competition.