SUNY: Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Teresa Miller Receives SUNYCUAD 2018 Educational Achievement Award

June 13, 2018

SUNY: Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Teresa Miller Receives SUNYCUAD 2018 Educational Achievement Award

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311

Albany –State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced today that Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Teresa Miller received the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) 2018 Educational Achievement Award.

SUNYCUAD presents its Educational Achievement Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to public higher education in New York State. Previous award recipients include former SUNY chancellors, trustees, campus presidents, and philanthropists, among others.

I have been nothing but thrilled to have Dr. Miller as part of our leadership team at SUNY System, and I am pleased to see her work celebrated by SUNYCUAD,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “Her wealth of experience in leading diverse teams and coordinating university-wide strategies that ensure equity and inclusion directly align with SUNY’s mission and values, making her a sound representative for my office and our system. My utmost congratulations to Teri.”

“It is my honor to present this year’s SUNYCUAD Educational Achievement Award to Teri, who goes above and beyond to make public higher education in New York State inclusive for all,” said Senior Director of Annual Giving at the University at Buffalo Dawn Baumgarten. “While at University at Buffalo, Teri’s dedication and commitment to social justice, diversity, and fostering equity in higher education was both admirable and impressive, and she will continue to be a champion for these causes at SUNY System. Congratulations to Teri on this well-deserved honor.”

As senior vice chancellor, Miller works directly with Chancellor Johnson on the leadership and direction of strategic initiatives, and oversees and manages the Office of the Chancellor. She also serves as the chancellor’s liaison with the SUNY System administration executive team, campus leaders, and other key stakeholders.

Miller served as a member of the University at Buffalo’s law faculty from 1995 to 2017, specializing in immigrant law criminal procedure, and prisoner law. She was also named University at Buffalo’s inaugural Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion in 2014, created the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and led the creation of the university’s first strategic diversity inclusion plan. The plan led to the implementation of an Inclusive Excellence Leadership Council, the launch of the Difficult Conversations Series, and integrating diversity learning requirements in University at Buffalo’s curriculum.

“SUNYCUAD is proud to recognize Teri who has dedicated her career to advancing such important causes,” said SUNYCUAD President Scott Titus. “Her work at the University at Buffalo, and now SUNY, has impacted so many individuals, and SUNYCUAD is grateful for her meaningful work.”

Representing all professionals employed in a cross-section of institutional advancement at every SUNY campus, SUNYCUAD’s diverse membership includes advancement professionals engaged in a range of specialties, from publications and web management to alumni relations, marketing, and development.

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