The Opportunity

Buffalo State College (SUNY) and Spelman Johnson invite inquiries, nominations, and applications for the chief of police position. The anticipated start date is May/June 2022.

Founded in 1871 as the Buffalo Normal School to train teachers, SUNY Buffalo State College is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. Buffalo State offers 79 undergraduate majors with 11 honors options, 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs, and 64 graduate programs that currently serve 7,309 undergraduate and 1,030 graduate students. Buffalo State is an institution with a tradition of transforming lives. More than half of Buffalo State’s students identify as individuals from diverse backgrounds, and 53.7% of students receive Pell Grants. In 2021, Buffalo State ranked 33rd out of 1,458 benchmarked colleges and universities in CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index, and U.S. News and World Report ranked Buffalo State 16th out of 174 regional colleges and universities in the north for social mobility.

Buffalo State continues to breathe life into its urban-engaged mission by forging strong connections with the Western New York community, providing high-quality lifelong-learning opportunities to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and generating more than $680 million in total economic impact annually as an anchor institution for the City of Buffalo. The college strives to foster a sense of civic responsibility and empowers more than 8,000 students to become active citizens who positively impact Buffalo and beyond.

The Position

Role of the Chief of Police for Buffalo State College (SUNY)

Reporting to the vice president for finance and management, the chief of university police provides leadership, strategic planning, and administrative direction for Buffalo State’s accredited comprehensive, full-service police department. The department promotes a safe, secure, and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to the college. The chief is an experienced and engaged leader who is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management and administration of police operations, security and support services programs, crime prevention, community policing initiatives, personal safety education, the enforcement of laws and college regulations, leadership for the incident command center, and the protection of life and property at the campus. Due to the high visibility and public contact required of the position, the chief must manage these operations with a high level of professionalism while promoting good public relations. The chief will maintain the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Department Accreditation. The chief provides leadership and oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of a staff of approximately 36, which includes officers, lieutenants, investigators, administrators, dispatchers, assistants, and clerical support. The position represents the department to the campus, the SUNY Police Commissioner, college executives, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the media, and private agencies and organizations.

Essential responsibilities as outlined in the position description include:

  • responsible for formulating and implementing policies governing the delivery of law enforcement services at the college;
  • an emphasis is placed on community policing, emergency first response, event security management (including traffic, parking, and crowd control), investigations, security policies and plans, security assessments, and regulatory compliance at the local, state, and federal levels including Campus Crime Reporting Act (Clery Act), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX compliance;
  • maintains NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Department Accreditation. This position oversees all criminal, medical, and fire responses as necessary and develops appropriate preventative and security techniques;
  • develops standards for effective patrol operations and investigative strategies, provides leadership, guidance and direction to police supervisors and line personnel, and reviews and implements policies and procedures for criminal prosecutions, custodial arrests, and the execution of search warrants;
  • demonstrates a strong understanding of, and a deep commitment to, creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice within and outside the campus environment;
  • represents the police department to the campus, the SUNY Police Commissioner, college executives, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the media and private agencies and organizations;
  • Participates in, and/or serves as chair of, various campus committees, such as the University Police Advisory Board, Community Law Enforcement Administrators, Emergency Management, Incident Communications Team, Emergency Response Plan Steering Committee, Crisis Communication Team, and the Campus Enterprise Risk Management Committee.

History of the Position

After 41 years of service to Buffalo State College, 14 of those years as chief of police, Peter Carey retired in August of 2021. Amy Pedlow, Assistant Chief of Police, is serving as the interim chief until the position is filled.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The next chief of police (COP) for the Buffalo State Police Department must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices concerning comprehensive police operations, emergency management, modern technology, and organizational and staff development in an expansive campus environment. The chief should be an experienced leader capable of managing complex situations and staffing, committed to customer service at the highest level, possessing a deep understanding of current issues in community and 21st century policing, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level in a higher education environment. With the ongoing national conversation around police violence and racial injustice, the new chief must be prepared to proactively and collaboratively address these issues honestly and transparently, fostering a culture of civil discourse and mutual understanding.

The Buffalo State stakeholders seemed genuinely interested in participating in discussions about the COP position. There was a sense of unity in support of identifying a competent and dedicated individual who can promote and develop the staff/team, set departmental priorities, systematically build the trust of the Buffalo State and local communities, and work proactively in tandem with the president, the executive team, the college, and surrounding community, and the other staff in the department to progressively, innovatively, and comprehensively move the program forward. In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated in the position announcement, the following themes emerged as challenges and opportunities for the COP as articulated by stakeholders:

  • The COP should have a keen understanding of the diverse student population that Buffalo State serves. It will be necessary for the COP to build strategies to highlight the role of campus police as a resource to students.
  • Student mental health issues and appropriate response from police will continue to be an area of growth and training for the police as these incidents increase in volume and frequency.
  • The COP will be expected to lead the current unit while determining needed refinements and adjustments.  This will include improving overall efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining standards for compliance and service.
  • The COP will need to work with students to maintain high trust and mutually respectful relationships.
  • The COP will work with all unions to understand their concerns for employee and community safety, equity, and justice.
  • This position will collaborate with campus leadership to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice training and protocols for the department.
  • The COP will be challenged with building trust and relationships across campus with all constituents. The COP will foster strong relationships with students, faculty and staff while maintaining a high degree of honesty and integrity.
  • The COP will need to be collaborative and capable of harnessing and directing a team that works seamlessly with each other and with others throughout the institution and in the city.
  • The COP will be expected to design, implement, and provide forward-thinking policies and processes for campus safety and community policing.
  • The COP will need to identify ways to energize and motivate staff. The COP will build on past successes, inspiring confidence and trust through exemplary leadership.
  • The COP will need to be a strong leader who is politically savvy and can coordinate services and collaborations across units and the community.
  • The COP will be a creative problem solver who is agile and efficient in response to evolving circumstances and crises the institution faces.
  • The COP will work on recruiting to fill existing vacancies with the staff.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Buffalo State, the items listed below will initially define success for the new chief of police.

  • The COP will have maintained a proactive, visible, well-respected, and established leadership presence on campus, and this leadership presence will have been credible, collegial, collaborative, and positively received.
  • The COP will have forged effective partnerships with local law enforcement and other related community agencies.
  • The COP will have advanced the community’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
  • The COP will have analyzed, contributed to, and defined plans and goals that are best practices for the department and campus moving forward.
  • Strong relationships, partnerships, and trust will have been established across a wide array of campus and external stakeholders.
  • The staff reporting to the COP will feel supported, valued, and defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that collaborates and provides shared service.
  • The COP will have assessed the impact of programs and services and utilized data-driven decisions to improve processes and operations.


Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and significant responsibility and experience as a supervisor, investigator, or campus law enforcement administrator, and/or municipal law enforcement administrator at an upper management level (master’s degree preferred).

The successful candidate must:

  • maintain a New York State Bureau of Municipal Police Officer certification (approved through the Municipal Police Training Council); or, if certified as a police officer in another state, must be eligible for certification through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and achieve such certification within one year of appointment.
  • have a valid New York State driver’s license and have the ability to drive a motor vehicle
  • reside in New York State at the time of appointment
  • be available during all shifts to respond to emergency situations
  • obtain and maintain the necessary firearms permit(s) in accordance with organizational policies and legal statutes as a condition of continued employment.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • knowledge of trends and best practices in law enforcement;
  • experience with community policing strategies;
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships and management;
  • demonstrated experience working with and leading diverse constituencies;
  • experience in leadership for incident command and crisis management;
  • demonstrated knowledge of organizational development and expertise in planning, staffing, organizing, directing, and evaluating a police department;
  • understanding of law enforcement technology;
  • knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;
  • strong knowledge of higher education law enforcement policies, practices, techniques, accreditation standards, and federal and state law including the Campus Crime Reporting Act (Clery Act), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX compliance;
  • commitment to the professional development and training of officers with a solid commitment to staff retention and morale; and
  • evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and to promoting an inclusive campus climate.

Additional capabilities and attributes identified as necessary by Buffalo State stakeholders include the following:

  • articulates a sophisticated understanding of current campus safety trends and best practices;
  • understands the climate on college campuses and works to gain an understanding of student needs and issues;
  • has the ability to generate innovative solutions to complex problems;
  • has experience handling student mental health crisis incidents and knows available resources for training staff and the community;
  • demonstrates a communication style that builds trust and collaboration, and encourages team building;
  • can navigate the complexity of the SUNY system with confidence;
  • develops strategic partnerships with local law enforcement agencies to ensure safety for the Buffalo State community;
  • possesses a demeanor that can remain calm and focused in crisis management;
  • has a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and concern for others, including the ability to navigate controversy with civility and respect;
  • possesses a demonstrated knowledge of policy, legal issues, and crisis/emergency management;
  • is a strong collaborator who can work with administration, as well as faculty, staff, and students;
  • is approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of college life;
  • is a visionary who can get in front of trends and issues related to campus safety/policing;
  • demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for students, faculty, and staff.

Institution & Location

Overview of University Police Department

The safety and well-being of Buffalo State students, faculty, staff, and visitors is the Buffalo State University Police Department’s highest priority. University Police officers promote safety and security on campus by being proactive: They patrol campus routinely, enforce the law, and offer educational programs on safety. The department is committed to both the philosophy and the practice of community policing. When investigating crimes, the University Police Department works closely with area law enforcement agencies and shares information with them.

The University Police Department is an accredited police department, having earned accreditation from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. University police officers earn their municipal police certification after completing rigorous training at the Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy. They are also trained and certified in many skills that are necessary to provide modern, high-quality police services.

Over the years, the University Police Department has received more than $500,000 in grants to improve services and hire more officers.


The University Police Department shares the mission of Buffalo State and is responsible for maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the educational process. To achieve its mission, the department has established the following values that guide and direct the University Police Department.

  • University Police Department Mission Statement

The University Police Department protects and serves Buffalo State by providing professional law enforcement services and actively promoting community involvement through progressive community policing strategies, problem-solving, and a commitment to education.

  • Professionalism

All members of the University Police Department are committed to providing the highest level of professional law enforcement services to all within the college community, regardless of race, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation.

  • Service

All members of the University Police Department are committed to community policing and service, fostering a sense of community by establishing programs and collaborating with the people we serve.

  • Trust

All members of the University Police Department nurture the public’s trust by holding themselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

  • Integrity

All members of the University Police Department earn trust and confidence through high moral standards, conducting themselves in a manner which is fair, ethical and legal, and portrays a sense of duty and honor.

  • Justice

All members of the University Police Department enforce the laws of the State of New York and the rules and regulations of the State University of New York in a fair and just manner. We are committed to the Constitution and strive to ensure that every citizen will be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.


Community Policing

Buffalo State College is committed to actively promoting community involvement through progressive community-oriented policing strategies, problem-solving, and a commitment to education.

Buffalo State College values positive relationships between and among all members of the Buffalo State College community and the University Police. In order to enhance the quality of academic life at Buffalo State College, ensure the safety of its community members and promote equal partners in policing, a supportive community-oriented approach to law enforcement is required. Therefore, we adopt and share the following community policing philosophy to make our intentions clear.

Buffalo State College approaches community-oriented policing as a philosophy designed to create an environment that focuses on crime prevention and problem-solving through the establishment of partnerships among University Police, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. The Community Policing Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the college, advising the president and the vice president for finance and management on community-oriented policing philosophy and problem-solving initiatives. These initiatives are carried out in partnership between the campus community and the University Police Department.

Community policing means that police officers work closely with community members to promote safety and security. Because community policing requires the involvement of both community members and police officers, University Police officers take part in many campus activities including new student orientation programs, a coalition-building team, and the Students of Concern Committee. Officers also sit on college committees such as the Campus Safety Forum, the Commencement Committee, the Student Welfare Committee, and the University and Community Relations Committee.

The department has developed productive working partnerships with the Facilities, Custodial Services and Grounds departments, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, the Counseling Center, the Dean of Students’ Office, the Residence Life Office, United Students Government (USG), and its student organizations, Weigel Health Center, and other campus groups.

The cooperation among University Police, the Buffalo Police Department and the community has resulted in many benefits: underage drinking prevention programs, initiatives to respond to and prevent school violence, and self-defense programs. Most importantly, the college community and its police officers work together to maintain a safe, friendly campus.

Institutional Overview

In 1871, when the Buffalo Normal School opened its doors to its first class, its sole purpose was to train teachers to serve Buffalo’s fast-growing student population in the public schools. Now the largest comprehensive four-year college in the State University of New York system, Buffalo State educates more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The college is known for its strong community connections and a continuing commitment to providing high-quality lifelong learning opportunities.

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About Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, population 254K+, is a big city with a small-town feel with four beautiful seasons, friendly neighbors, and exciting things to do. Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York state and is always changing. Welcome to the City of Good Neighbors.

Our 125-acre campus is very accessible, walkable, and located between two culturally-rich sections of Buffalo’s West Side: The Elmwood Village Museum District and Grant Street neighborhood. The college is surrounded by cafés, museums, restaurants, shops, and parks.

Buffalo boasts commercial, residential, and institutional buildings from some of the most revered architects in American history. The H.H. Richardson-designed Richardson Olmsted Campus looms large on Buffalo State’s landscape.

Like Buffalo’s architecture, the city’s lush parks are steeped in history. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Delaware Park is located directly across the street from campus and offers a green getaway for relaxation, exercise, and rejuvenation.

Everybody knows that Buffalo gets snow in the winter, but most don’t realize that the bulk of the white stuff falls south of the city proper. That’s where world-class skiing, skating, and sledding can be found. Some avoid the winter, and Buffalo embraces it!


Buffalo State is a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment. Buffalo’s evolving waterfront is the place for fun, relaxation, and learning.


Buffalo State College will be a nationally recognized leader in public higher education known for

  • its caring and rigorous academic environment where lives are transformed through education;
  • the intellectual and creative accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni;
  • its cross-culturally competent community dedicated to developing leaders for an increasingly global society.


We, the Buffalo State community, are committed to:

  • actively facilitating access to public higher education;
  • excellent learning experiences in and out of the classroom;
  • being student-centered;
  • the rigors, joys, and fulfillment of intellectual discovery;
  • engagement, applied learning, and partnerships with the community;
  • social responsibility;
  • respect for diversity and individual differences;
  • supportive and collegial relationships;
  • opportunities for individuals to realize their full potential.

Strategic Priorities During the Pandemic Period 2021-2022

Priorities are in place to stabilize and maintain the momentum of Buffalo State activities during the extraordinary period of the COVID-19 public health emergency. These do not preclude other significant campus objectives based on the 2016-21 strategic plan, which identifies the following primary goals:

  • Educate students through rigorous and engaging academic programs
  • Create an engaged campus community that fosters civic responsibility
  • Enhance institutional effectiveness
  • Provide appropriate facilities and resources to support all activities

A new strategic plan will be completed during 2022 and will delineate goals to guide future campus work.

Strategic priorities during the pandemic period are to:

  • Stabilize new and continuing student enrollment.

    • Develop new or showcase existing undergraduate, graduate, or dual degree opportunities to respond to current or new student inquiry or interests
    • Provide adequate and necessary support for student recruitment and retention within the current environment and institute the approved recommendations from the Retention Plan 2021
    • Develop or showcase mission-aligned programs that best tell the Buffalo State story
    • Design programs to meet the needs of workforce development (e.g., micro-credentialing, certificates, etc.)
    • Expand dual enrollment, continued education programs, and niche short-term programs
  • Evaluate campus operations, staffing levels and job duties across campus to determine appropriate targets given current constraints.
    • Assess needs by division and identify and optimize efficiencies and/or improve customer service
    • Create cross-divisional collaborations to meet campus needs when possible
  • Increase fundraising activities to support current strategic priorities and expand opportunities to maintain the relevancy and strong position of a Buffalo State degree.

    • Increase donor dollars through increasing individual giving
    • Increase awards from foundations that align with our urban-engaged anchor mission, JEDI excellence, or that support overall academic quality
    • Increase collaborations with partners that provide support for campus priorities
    • Seek state/federal support and increase funding options now and post the pandemic
  • Implement and maintain the campus focus on health and safety including those within our reopening plans and required by the CDH guidance, NY State Health guidance, CDC guidance, and SUNY guidance.

    • Support efforts that advance the health and safety of the campus community
    • Continue to plan for varied scenarios that can impact the health/safety of campus members
  • Continue to develop, finalize, or utilize plans to guide the campus efforts, including the next strategic plan; assessment plans for current efforts; strategic resource planning process; multi-year enrollment and divisional plans; implementing JEDI excellence or other plans that secure our future success.


Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, President

Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D., began her tenure as the ninth president of Buffalo State College on August 3, 2014. Her professional leadership can be seen in the many and varied aspects that are part of a major academic anchor institution. As president of SUNY’s largest and only comprehensive college located in an urban setting, Dr. Conway-Turner oversees and manages more than 1,500 faculty, staff, and administrators who provide more than 200 academic degree and certificate programs to 8,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students each year. President Conway-Turner’s vision for Buffalo State to become “Buffalo’s College” through engagement, excellence, and social responsibility has been embraced and is paying off in dividends for both the college and the community.

Buffalo State’s commitment to service has been recognized nationally under President Conway-Turner’s leadership. In 2016, Buffalo State was among five colleges and universities from across the country chosen to share in the Washington Center’s annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards. The college has also earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification under Dr. Conway-Turner, as well as accolades from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

One of President Conway-Turner’s signature events, “Bengals Dare to Care Day,” was initiated as part of her inauguration week of activities in 2014, and she officially launched the annual service day the following year. Buffalo State students, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends of the college provide community service within the City of Buffalo one Saturday during the fall semester. In 2019, more than 700 members of the Buffalo State community provided service to 40 community agencies throughout the city.

Dr. Conway-Turner also lends her talent and time to several boards, committees, and programs nationally, statewide, and locally. She serves on the Distinguished Alumnus Award Search and Selection Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and she is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Presidents’ Trust. She is also a member of the review and selection panel for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, and she is a Pathway Program mentor for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. President Conway-Turner is a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is the accrediting body for higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Her statewide commitments include service on the New York State Education Department’s Regents Advisory Council on Institutional Accreditation and the State University of New York’s TeachNY Steering Committee. In Buffalo and Western New York, she serves on the boards of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Western New York Women’s Foundation, Say Yes Buffalo’s Operating Committee, the Richardson Center Corporation Board, and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

One of her long-term commitments is to the board of directors of Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.), based in Rochester, New York. She travels to Haiti regularly as a member of this nonprofit volunteer organization, assisting the people of Borgne, Haiti, with educational, medical, and community development needs.

President Conway-Turner earned her Ph.D. and master of arts degrees in social psychology, and her bachelor of arts degree in microbiology, all from the University of Kansas. Her scholarship focuses on adult development and aging; the psychological impact of aging on family relations, health, and development; and women and intergenerational relationships. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and book reviews.

Before coming to Buffalo State, President Conway-Turner was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, from July 2010 until July 2014. From 2004 to 2009, she was provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Geneseo. Dr. Conway-Turner was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware, where she also served as director of the women’s studies program and graduate program coordinator. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow at the College of New Jersey, and she has held teaching positions at Santa Clara University and California State University, Long Beach.

President Conway-Turner’s personal journey mirrors that of many of her students, past and present. As a first-generation college student, she appreciates the process of education and embraces its transformative aspects. She listens to the ever-changing needs of her students and attempts to implement and monitor new programs and processes to help these students become successful, contributing members of society.

She has also become known on campus and in the community for her social media outreach, including blog posts, tweets, and Instagram posts that highlight activities occurring on campus, as well as many of her humanitarian efforts.

Dr. Conway-Turner is married to Dr. Alvin L. Turner, a psychologist licensed in New York and Delaware, who is engaged in the independent practice of psychotherapy, supervision, training, and forensic psychological services. They have three adult daughters, and in 2016 they became first-time grandparents.

Academic Programs and Faculty

As award-winning experts in their fields, Buffalo faculty members inspire, teach, mentor, help, shape, guide, and transform students every day.

  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees: 78%
  • Percent of full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 84%
  • Faculty members awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: 53


  • 79 Undergraduate programs
  • 64 Graduate programs
  • 100 Percent of eligible programs are accredited
  • 91% Percent of classes with fewer than 40 students

Buffalo State has four academic schools, connected by common intellectual foundations and offering a full range of academic programs in their areas of study and 36 academic departments. Our academic centers offer intellectual enrichment, community engagement, and provide opportunities for students and faculty to work together across disciplines.

Academic Schools

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of the Professions
  • The Graduate School


  • Career Development Center
  • Center for China Studies
  • Center for English Teaching
  • Center for Health and Social Research
  • Community Academic Center
  • Great Lakes Center
  • Information Technology Exchange Center (ITEC)
  • Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP)
  • International Center for Studies in Creativity
  • Small Business Development Center

The Student Body

Student Enrollment (Fall 2020)

  • 8,339 students
  • 7,309 undergraduate
  • 1,030 graduate

Class Size

  • 91 percent of all classes have fewer than 40 students
  • Average undergraduate class size is 19
  • Classes for undergraduate majors usually have between 12 and 16 students

Admissions Acceptance Rate: 80 percent (First-time applicants; fall 2020)


Enrollment Status

  • Full time: 6,582
  • Part-time: 727
  • Total: 7,309


  • African American: 2,346
  • American Indian: 39
  • Asian: 361
  • Caucasian: 3,205
  • Hispanic: 999
  • Multiracial: 278
  • Pacific Islanders: 2
  • Non-Resident Alien: 73
  • Undisclosed: 6

Geographic Origin

  • Erie County: 3,597
  • Niagara County: 495
  • Metro NYC: 2,174
  • Other NY State: 848
  • Other States: 122
  • International: 73
  • Unknown: 0


  • Female: 4,212
  • Male: 3,097

Age of Students

  • Under 25: 6,341
  • 25 and over: 968

Residence Halls Occupancy: 1,647



Enrollment Status

  • Full time: 451
  • Part-time: 579
  • Total: 1,030


  • African American: 127
  • American Indian: 2
  • Asian: 21
  • Caucasian: 759
  • Hispanic: 67
  • Multiracial: 26
  • Pacific Islanders: 3
  • Non-Resident Alien: 20
  • Undisclosed: 5

Geographic Origin

  • Erie County: 667
  • Niagara County: 86
  • Metro NYC: 53
  • Other NY State: 121
  • Other States: 82
  • International: 20
  • Unknown: 1


  • Female: 747
  • Male: 283

Residence Halls Occupancy: 7

Leadership of the Division

Laura Barnum, Vice President for Finance and Management

Laura J. Barnum joined the Buffalo State College community as vice president for finance and management in August 2018. She previously served as associate vice president for resource planning at the University at Buffalo (UB), a position she had held since 2013. Prior to that she was senior associate vice provost in UB’s Office of Academic Planning and Budget.

As vice president for finance and management at Buffalo State, Ms. Barnum has the following areas in her division: Accounts Payable, Administrative Services, Campus Planning, Comptroller, Employee Relations, Environmental Health & Safety, Events Management, Facilities, Financial Operations, Human Resource Management, Internal Controls and Compliance, Legal Affairs, Parking Services, Payroll, Procurement and Contract Services, Sponsored Programs, Student Accounts, Travel Services, and the University Police Department. She also serves as the Research Foundation Campus Operations Manager, Executive Director of the Buffalo State College Foundation Housing Corporation, President of the BSCR Corporation and CFO of the Buffalo State College Foundation.

Laura Barnum began her career at SUNY in 1996 at the University at Buffalo, in the Division of Athletics, overseeing business operations during the upgrade to Division I. In 2002 she was named associate athletics director for internal operations and Senior Woman Administrator, and in 2005 she served as interim athletics director. In 2007 she moved to academic planning and budget under the Division of Academic Affairs, leading campus resource planning in support of the university’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives.

She progressed to the role of associate vice president for resource planning in 2013, under the Division of Finance and Administration, where she led her staff in guiding the university resource planning process. Implementing UB’s institutional vision for the future of the university, Ms. Barnum provided strategic advice to senior leadership on university and unit finances in relation to investment decisions across the university; served as the principal liaison with all campus divisions for long-term budget planning and forecasting activities; and helped guide financial best practices and reporting that allowed the schools and support units to understand their respective resource status and the role they played in the larger university context.

To enhance and improve the university’s approach to integrated resource planning, she worked with multiple units across the campus to implement a multi-year, university-wide financial plan, expanded the annual resource-planning calendar, revised the existing budget model, and introduced unit spending plans and the annual review of all fees. Ms. Barnum was an integral player in the development of advancing the Strategic Information Reporting Initiative (SIRI) that allows data and information to flow to campus, be processed quickly and made available in a reliable, convenient, and clear form. She also participated in developing a financial plan to support the construction and program buildout of the $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In addition, her coordination of a multi-year plan for the Facilities Sustainability and Energy Management budget generated $27 million in savings for investment in university capital projects.

When Ms. Barnum joined the Buffalo State family as vice president in 2018, she drew on this valuable experience to initiate the Strategic Resource Planning Process at the college. This comprehensive, cross-divisional, data-informed process – which aligns campus resources with institutional priorities — is now in its second year. In tandem, Ms. Barnum initiated the Bengal Business Forum as a place for the campus community to learn about matters of interest relating to administration and finance.

Designated as Agency Executive for Emergency Management by President Conway-Turner, she balances an immersive leadership role in the campus COVID-19 response with other critical initiatives. These include:

  • With her team, overseeing an extensive facilities planning portfolio that includes the transformational Dart Street Project; and
  • Building an enterprise risk management program that identifies, assesses, and manages campus risks and opportunities.

Ms. Barnum is president of the SUNY Business Officers Association (SUBOA) where she serves as liaison with SUNY System Administration leadership and staff.  She is also the leader of the SUBOA Board of Directors.

Ms. Barnum is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from UB, as well as a Master of Sport Administration degree from Canisius College.

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

Buffalo State College benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dental and Vision Care
  • Employee Tuition Assistance
  • Health Insurance and Prescription Drugs
  • Retirement Plans
  • Voluntary Savings Plan and College Savings Program
  • Fitness Center
  • Life Insurance
  • Child Care Center
  • Flex Spending Account

Management Benefits Summary:  [Link Document]

For a detailed look at benefits, visit the website at


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Buffalo State College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status (Nondiscrimination Notice).  Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, 716-878-6210.  Buffalo State is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Ensuring Pay Equity by State Employers

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at 518-474-6988 or via e-mail at  Further restrictions on using salary information in the hiring process appear in Labor Law §194-a.

Clery Statement

Applicants interested in positions may access the Annual Security Report (ASR) for Buffalo State College at The ASR contains information on campus security policies and certain campus crime statistics. Crime statistics are reported in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Applicants may request a hard copy of the ASR by contacting the Buffalo State University Police Department at 716-878-6333.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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Pursuant to college policy, the college is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

The college’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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