For Immediate Release—Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tony Hoppa
Assistant Vice President for Communications
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Promotes Sue Chichester
to Chief Information Officer

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo has promoted Susan E. Chichester to chief information officer (CIO) with responsibility for the strategic direction and execution of Geneseo’s comprehensive information technology initiative. Previously, Chichester served as director of Computer and Information Technology.

“Sue Chichester has superbly demonstrated both the technical expertise and the managerial leadership critical to Geneseo’s goal of becoming the nation’s premier liberal arts college,” said Christopher C. Dahl, president. “As an alumna from the Class of 1979, she is a product of Geneseo who fully embraces our mission. We attract faculty and students who are high achievers, and with that come high expectations, especially with regard to IT. Sue brings a passion and vision that will allow us to stay on the leading edge of innovation in terms of service, products and reliability.”

Chichester joined SUNY Geneseo in 1984 and has been promoted over the past 23 years to increasing levels of responsibility.  Since 1997, she has served as director of Computer and Information Technology. Under her leadership, Geneseo has been named one of the 100 top Wired Colleges four times. In 2004, Intel Corporation named Geneseo one of the top 100 Unwired Colleges. 

“Sue Chichester is more than a knowledgeable and enthusiastic force behind the technological innovation driving Geneseo’s success,” noted Provost Katherine Conway-Turner. “She is a dedicated colleague who freely shares her time and talent to advance the College to the next level. I look forward to working with her in her new role as CIO.”

Chichester was recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1999 for her service to the Geneseo community. In 2005, she was named the IT Woman of the Year by the Association for Women in Computing. She serves on a number of committees and task forces at Geneseo and manages a team of 32 employees.

 “I have found the past 24 years very rewarding,” said Chichester. It has been exciting to be involved in the tremendous growth in the use of technology at Geneseo, and I look forward to discovering its impact on how we learn and work over the next decade.”