Inauguration of Lisa Vollendorf, Sixth President of SUNY Empire

Headshot of Lisa Vollendorf

Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D., became the sixth president of SUNY Empire on July 1, 2022. A tireless advocate for public higher education, she is deeply committed to access, equity, and inclusion.

About President Vollendorf

Prior to her appointment as president of SUNY Empire, Dr. Vollendorf served as interim provost and chief academic officer at the University of Northern Colorado. She previously worked for 16 years in the California State University system, where she was a faculty member, department chair, academic senate chair, dean, and provost at three different CSU campuses.

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Inauguration 2023

Reason and Respect with Kelly Corrigan

President Vollendorf and Kelly Corrigan

Inauguration Events

All activities will be held at the Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga City Center.
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Wednesday, March 22

4-5 p.m.
Reason and Respect Speaking Engagement
Author and Podcaster Kelly Corrigan will speak to elevating roles and mindsets in education
5-5:30 p.m.
Kelly Corrigan Reception and book signing
5:30-6 p.m.
Author and Podcaster Kelly Corrigan will interview President Lisa Vollendorf

Thursday, March 23

12-2 p.m.
Private Luncheon
By invitation only
3-3:45 p.m. Robing for guests participating in the academic procession
3:30-4 p.m. Line up for guests participating in academic procession
4 p.m. Inauguration Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Reception, dinner and dancing


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