President Alberto Cardelle was appointed by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees as the ninth president of SUNY Oneonta on July 20, 2021, and took office on September 6, 2021.
Before coming to SUNY Oneonta, as Fitchburg State University’s (FSU) provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cardelle provided vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the faculty and staff in academic affairs that includes the schools of Arts & Sciences, Health & Natural Sciences, Business, Education, and Online, Graduate & Continuing Education. He also oversaw admissions, student success services, international education, the library, and the registrar. Before FSU, Dr. Cardelle spent 15 years at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) where he began his academic career as an assistant professor of public health in 1999, became department chair in 2001 and served as vice-provost, dean of the Graduate College, and dean of the College of Health Sciences.
During his previous appointments, Dr. Cardelle championed academic excellence. As provost, he led the development and implementation of the university’s new outcome-based general education curriculum. FSU’s new core curriculum includes a first-year experience course for all incoming first-time students and a requirement that all students complete a high impact practice course involving internships, undergraduate research, international education, or civic engagement. At both FSU and ESU, he has worked with faculty to develop more than 20 new degree programs including certificates, minors, bachelor degrees, master degrees, and a doctoral degree in the fields of health sciences, criminal justice, education, business, computer science, and the humanities.
With a strong commitment to accessible higher education, Dr. Cardelle focused on developing student-centered programs across academic units that encourage innovative approaches to student learning and teaching. In addition to the FSU’s first-year experience course, he worked with deans and departments to establish residential learning communities, peer mentoring, and advising using predictive analytics. He also established the FSU Faculty Academy for Inclusive Pedagogy, a three-year, cohort-based faculty training in the “Pedagogy of Real Talk.”
A staunch champion of the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, he worked with colleagues at FSU to create the Leading for Change Initiative, which focused on establishing a broad array of institution-wide initiatives aimed at attaining inclusion and diversity with the long-term goal of student success and equity. This led to the creation of a bi-annual campus climate survey, a Deans’ Anti-Racism fund, and the Hispanic Male Mentoring program, and an expansion of summer-bridge programs for students requiring additional support before beginning their college career. Most recently, with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, he created the Heritage Language Program, aimed at providing high achieving bilingual students with English support services and celebrating their linguistic asset of being bilingual.
An advocate for the role of anchor institutions, he has worked to establish a meaningful link between the academic enterprise and the university’s community development initiatives. This has included the creation of a community co-working space to encourage economic development, seed funds to start student community businesses, a business incubator, a training institute for community leadership and workforce development programs in business leadership and entrepreneurship.
As a faculty member, Dr. Cardelle authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and conference presentations. He and a colleague established FSU’s first faculty-led consulting group, The Center for Public Health Research and Innovation, with more than 2.5 million dollars of funding.