SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio, Ph.D. has been named to City & State New York’s “2022 Higher Education Power 100” list, sharing the honor with a distinguished group of influential college and university leaders from across the state. This is Dr. Terenzio’s first appearance on City & State’s list, curated by its editors annually since 2020 to “recognize individuals who are redefining what it means to be a leader in higher education.”
Leading SUNY Cobleskill since 2015, Dr. Terenzio guided the creation of the College’s Institute for RuralVitality, recognized nationally for its merging of experiential learning with regional and economic development initiatives and receiving the 2019 Excellence and Innovation Award for Regional and Economic Development from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has been a champion for rural-serving higher education institutions and has written numerous reports and opinion pieces on the importance of serving communities.
Dr. Terenzio’s leadership at the college, system, state levels has seen the formation of new academic pathways and programming in response to future workforce needs, most notably, the nation’s first Bachelor’s Degree program in Canine Training and Management and the first accredited Histotechnician program in SUNY.
“New York State, and our great SUNY system, continue to lead the nation in a contemporary approach to higher education, from groundbreaking research and applied learning methods to accessibility and inclusion for all learners,” said Dr. Terenzio. “Leading the way are our generational leaders from all areas of the state’s education sphere, with whom I am deeply honored to be sharing company on this list. I share this honor with the many faculty and staff at SUNY Cobleskill who demonstrate the power of leadership through their stewardship of our founding vision: ‘Education is the hope of the world.’”
Dr. Terenzio serves as co-chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, co-chair of SUNY’s Empowering Students with Disabilities Task Force, and as a board member of the Bassett Health Care Network. Among several current board and committee memberships, Dr. Terenzio was recently named to the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.