For Immediate Release—Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

James B. Milroy joins his alma mater SUNY Geneseo

as director of budget and analysis

GENESEO, N.Y.—James B. Milroy—who has spent the past dozen years forging fiscal policy for the city of Buffalo—has joined his alma mater, the State University of New York at Geneseo, as director of budget and financial analysis.

Milroy, who received his Bachelor's Degree in political science from Geneseo in 1981, comes to the college from Buffalo's City Hall, where he has served for 18 years, most recently as commissioner of administration and finance. In his new role, Milroy will be responsible for development and monitoring the college's $41 million budget, reviewing the college's forms of budgeting, various studies relating to personnel and debt service and a number of new initiatives. He assumed his new duties at Geneseo June 1.

"I'm very happy to be back. I'm very excited about the future here at Geneseo and the future of SUNY," said Milroy, adding that SUNY is attracting people to move here from outside the state. "It's the state's major growth industry and I'm glad to be at the best campus in the system."

Milroy began his career with the city of Buffalo in 1988 as senior legislative/executive assistant to then-Common Council President George K. Arthur. In 1994, when Mayor Anthony M. Masiello became mayor, he appointed Milroy his director of budget and management. In 2002, Milroy was named as commissioner of administration and finance, a role in which he oversaw 123 employees in seven departments and administered a $1.1 billion annual budget. In that role, he also served as the city's liaison to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, which was responsible for the development and implementation of the city's long-term financial plans, and as chief financial liaison to the state comptroller, budget division and Legislature. He also was custodian of all city pension and trust funds and served as budget director of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency.

Milroy was singled out by Buffalo's new mayor, Byron W. Brown, as one of the commissioners from the previous administration whom he hoped to retain. But Milroy is looking forward to the challenges of his new role at Geneseo and looks forward to the prospect of teaching classes at his alma mater. He has taught Public Administration and Public Finance Management courses as an adjunct instructor at UB's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, political science department and Center for Applied Public Affairs Studies.

Milroy received his master's degree in political science, with a concentration in public policy and administration, from the University of Buffalo in 1987, and his Ph.D. in political science in 1999 from UB.

It is this broad array of experience that made Milroy the perfect candidate for the position, said Geneseo Vice President for Finance and Administration Ken Levison.

"We are delighted to have a professional with his rich background in budget and financial analysis and wealth of experience in governmental relations," said Levison.

Milroy lives in Buffalo with his 12-year-old son, Nathan James, who is a right-winger on the Bud Bakewell Bruins ice hockey team and punk rock fan who plays electric guitar.