Kathleen Atts

Senior Assistant to the Provost
Erwin 207
(585) 245-5058

Kathy has served in the SUNY Geneseo Provost Office since April 2016.


As Senior Assistant to the Provost, Kathy is responsible for providing high-level tactical, administrative, and operational support to the operations of the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs. She serves as an advisor to the Provost in the day-to-day and strategic operations of the Office and the Division, and as the public face and voice of the Office of the Provost, interacting on the Provost's behalf with his direct reports, the campus community, and external constituencies.

In this position, Kathy serves in a chief of staff role as the manager of administrative services, ensuring the Provost's Office operates efficiently and effectively and with a high level of professionalism by providing leadership to the front office staff. She also provides oversight for comprehensive support services across the Academic Affairs Division to ensure continuity of operations. In this role, Kathy also coordinates events, prepares correspondence and reports for the Provost, prepares various electronic messages, and manages the content of the Provost Office website and wiki.

Kathy also serves as the manager of faculty affairs, managing all aspects of tenure-track personnel evaluation, and prior service credit, sabbatical, and other leave requests for the Provost. In this role, she also assists with the maintenance of department chair and faculty handbooks, engages and supports selection committees for faculty awards and supported professorships, and coordinates and facilitates faculty-related workshops, recognition events, and information sessions.

Additionally, Kathy manages non-faculty personnel action processes, including coordinating searches for leadership and clerical staff positions, tracking deadlines and notifying supervisors of professional staff regarding upcoming term expirations, and preparing the onboarding documents and coordinating and ensuring the completion of performance evaluations and preparation of performance programs of the Provost's direct reports. 

Most importantly, Kathy serves as the manager of special projects for the Provost, coordinating varied and diverse projects and activities within the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs and joint projects with other divisions of the college.

  • Provost's Executive Leadership Team, member
  • Provost's Leadership Team, member
  • Academic Council, member
  • Director's Council, member
  • College Assessment Council, member
  • Strategic Planning Group, staff
  • CSEA Labor Management, member
  • Think Tank on Faculty Evaluation, co-chair
  • Academic Coach
  • GPS (Geneseo Points of Support) Guide
  • NAPAHE (National Association for Presidential Assistants in Higher Education), member
    • Communications Committee, member
    • Conference Planning Committee, member and Conference Communications Lead
    • Membership Committee, member
  • M.A. in Liberal Studies (focused on ethical leadership), University of Maine (Orono), 2012
  • B.A. in Public Management, University of Maine (Orono), 2008
  • A.S. in Business Administration, University of Maine at Augusta, 2002
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