For Immediate Release – April 20, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516




GENESEO, N.Y. – Edward A. Johnson has been named associate vice president for administration and controller for the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Johnson, who previously was chief financial officer of SUNY Buffalo’s Division of Athletics, assumed his new duties April 18. His job responsibilities at Geneseo will include monitoring the financial operations of the college to ensure appropriate internal controls for financial transactions. The accounting, purchasing, student accounts, financial aid and telecommunications departments will report directly to Johnson. In addition, Johnson will manage the college’s insurance and banking relationships and serve as the main liaison with SUNY System Administration’s Controller’s Office. In the absence of the vice president of administration, Johnson is in charge.

"We are delighted that Edward A. Johnson will be joining the college. Ed has an extensive background in higher educational finance in both the private and public sectors, as well as in public accounting," said Vice President for Administration Kenneth H. Levison.

"He is a creative manager with an outstanding track record in financial management and strategic planning. The college is extremely fortunate to have an individual of this high caliber joining its management team."

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting cum laude from Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., and his master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

Johnson has had an extensive career in higher educational finance and administration. He is a certified public accountant and worked as a manager for Lucker, Kennedy and Felmeden, CPAs, in Buffalo, for eight years before serving as controller of Medaille College in Buffalo.

In 1994, he joined the staff of SUNY Buffalo. While there, he oversaw and managed the rapid change and growth of the division as it moved to Division I, and expanded its operations from $3 million to $15 million. He helped convert the division’s operating budget from a $1 million deficit to consistent annual surpluses. He has been project manager for numerous capital improvements, and served on the strategic planning committee that develops long-range plans for the Intercollegiate Athletic Board.

Johnson lives in the village of Kenmore, N.Y., with his wife, Barbara, and their three children.

"I think Geneseo is the right size for me. It’s small enough that you can get involved with a lot of things and make more of an impact," said Johnson. "One of the things that swayed me to Geneseo was its excellent reputation both academically and administratively.

"It’s important to work with the students and the families to make sure they’re properly packaged so they’re successful."

Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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