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College Welcomes Dr. Gary Z. Morris as Inaugural Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

SUNY Cobleskill is delighted to welcome Dr. Gary Z. Morris as its Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, a new position at the College within the Provost’s Office. Dr. Morris will provide vision and direction for student success programs and oversee the College’s academic support services while promoting an expanded academic success agenda, creating new engagement opportunities that enhance students’ sense of belonging and well-being in and out of the classroom.

“Dr. Morris is a dedicated educator with extensive experience in leadership and has developed programs and initiatives to enhance student support and engagement,” said Dr. Darcy Medica, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He will play a crucial role in shaping our academic support vision and will spearhead our efforts to enhance students’ learning outcomes and achievement. We are thrilled and fortunate to have him join us to strengthen our dedication to student success and retention.”

Dr. Morris served as a Visiting Professor of Biology at SUNY Cobleskill for the 2023-24 academic year. He came to New York from Glenville State College in West Virginia, where he held roles as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Science and Mathematics Department, and Professor of Biology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, a Master’s in Chemistry, and a Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, all from Old Dominion University.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the SUNY Cobleskill community,” said Dr. Morris. “We have a rich history, dedicated faculty and staff, and wonderful students. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here the past year as a visiting professor, and as my role changes, I am looking forward to working closely with all members of the campus community to help support the mission of the institution and help it continue to transform the lives of our students – supporting their successful educations will be central to all of my discussions with others and every decision I make.”

Dr. Morris’ roles at Glenville State also included the development and implementation of graduate programs, oversight of the honors program, library, online degree programs, and various student support services. He also serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, one of seven regional accreditors in the United States, evaluating institutions as they move through accreditation processes.


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