Dr. James "Beau" Willis was appointed to the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance in July 2012. Dr. Willis spent six years at University at Buffalo, serving as the Executive Vice President of University Support Services at University at Buffalo, a senior advisor charged with responsibility for the overall quality and efficiency of the university’s operational and administrative infrastructure, the management and development of its physical assets, and its capacity to manage and appropriately respond to risk.
Prior to UB, Dr. Willis served at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he began his administrative career as manager of the undergraduate teaching labs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Subsequently, he served as assistant dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and then as assistant campus provost.
Dr. Willis received his PhD, MS, and BA degrees in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Under the direction of the President, the Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for the following areas: Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities and Planning, Finance and Management, Human Resources, and the Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation. The Vice President also serves as Operations Manager of the Research Foundation, and assists in the operations of the Brockport College Foundation and in other duties as assigned by the President.
Bob joined the College at Brockport in February 2013. He began his career serving twelve years in the United States Navy and has continued to gain valuable knowledge of facilities maintenance and management during the past twenty-four years at institutes of higher education such as The University of New England, Indiana University South Bend, Claremont McKenna College, and The Ohio State University, Columbus. While in the Navy, Bob earned his B.A. in Sociology from the Colorado State University. He is currently pursuing an M.P.A. at the University of La Verne.
While learning the nuances of the SUNY system, Bob oversees the upkeep and improvements for the entire physical plant with a staff of 184. His organization has four directors, which address: support services (administration, budget, material, service center, mail, shipping and receiving, moving budget, service center), Utilities (commodity, conservation, HVAC & electrical repairs/distribution), Maintenance and Operations (routine maintenance and repair, housekeeping, grounds and small projects), and Planning and Capital Programs (five-year plan, designs, and major construction).
As Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning, Bob is responsible for the supervision of the Director of Facilities Maintenance, the Director of Facilities Planning, the Director of Facilities Services and the Director of Utilities and Energy. In all areas of responsibility, Bob assesses the effectiveness of current practices, processes and systems, identifies areas for improvement, and recommends, develops and implements improvements. The Assistant Vice President builds strong working relationships in interactions across the College. Bob also participates in the College-wide Facilities Planning Committee and other College and State University committees and initiatives as assigned and represents the department in efforts that may involve coordination, leadership and teaming beyond areas of direct responsibility and authority. Bob serves as the College’s primary liaison with the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).
Amy V. Kahn accepted the position of Director of Human Resources at the College at Brockport in August 2010. Ms. Kahn holds a bachelor of arts in organizational communication and a master in business administration with a concentration in human resources from SUNY at Buffalo. She has also received national certification as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management.
As Director of Human Resources, Ms. Kahn oversees the coordination of all human resources activities on campus including policy and procedure development, administration of five labor contracts, affirmative action, position classification and compensation, benefits administration, payroll, regulatory compliance, administration of evaluation and rewards systems, recruitment, selection and placement activities, orientation, training and professional development.
Karen Riotto was hired as the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Management at the College at Brockport in February 2008.
Karen comes from the State University of New York College at Oswego, where she has worked for over eleven years. She most recently served as Director of Accounting. Karen earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY Oswego. She also earned a Bachelor of Art in Economics and Management Science from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Karen is responsible for the Budget Office, Student Accounts and Accounting, and Procurement and Payment Services. She represents her Division on a number of campus-wide committees and participate in the development of external campus partnerships that have financial implications.
Dave Turkow came to The College at Brockport in 2001. He has over thirty years of experience in the field of environmental health and safety including areas such as hazardous waste, air and water pollution, chemical safety/spill response, lab safety, fire safety, asbestos abatement, occupational health and industrial hygiene. EHS oversees twenty-five different environmental, health and safety programs dealing with faculty, staff and students and provides training on a variety of topics. Check the EHS web site for more details.
The Director of EHS ensures that SUNY Brockport continues to maintain compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements and to continuously improve its environmental health and safety programs. To the end, the College has implemented a Managing Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) system to better manage our resources and impact on the environment.
Andrea Vella joined the College's Student Health Center staff in April 1994 and was later promoted to the position of secretary for Student Financial Services. Andrea continued expanding her skills when she was appointed as secretary to the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Management in 2006. She later became Assistant to the Director of Student Accounts, and in April 2010, joined the Administration and Finance staff as administrative assistant to the Vice President.
Responsibilities include routine administrative support and office management tasks, participating in meetings, responding to customer inquiries and correspondence, assisting the Vice President's direct report staff as needed, and coordinating special projects and assignments. Andrea also serves as administrative aide to the campus-wide Budget and Resource Committee and Brockport's Internal Control Advisory Committee.
Dana Weiss started as Executive Director of BASC in January 2013. She has over thirty years of auxiliary service management experience, most of which has been at the Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus in Brookville, New York, where she progressed throughout her career and most recently served as the Associate Provost for Operations and Auxiliary Enterprises. In that role, Dana was the campus business manager overseeing the daily operation of the Campus Services Division which included Conference Services, Technical Support Services, Facilities Services, Campus Dining Services, Bookstore, Youth Programs, and the University Au Pair program. During her tenure, in cooperation with various divisions across campus, Dana successfully developed and launched new auxiliary services initiatives. She is looking forward to positioning BASC as an integral partner in Brockport’s on-going strategic planning process.
Dana earned her MBA from Long Island University, Brentwood Campus. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Security Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Anthropology.
BASC is a 501c(3) corporation providing auxiliary services to the campus. These services include: Dining Services (rated the #1 food service operation within SUNY), the Bookstore (rated #3 overall), vending, campus ID, summer conferences, College Support Program, agency accounting, ATMs, and residential laundry. In addition, BASC manages the Welcome Center/Parking Services for the campus.
BASC is a stand-alone entity, which employs approximately sixty-six CSEA union employees, thirty non-union management and clerical staff, and approximately 250 student employees.
Page last updated Febraury 22, 2013.
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