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Resume of John R. Halstead

350 New Campus Drive
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Brockport, NY 14420-2914


Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1980.
Major: Student Personnel Administration
M.A. Michigan State University, 1972.
Major: Student Personnel Administration
B.A. Colgate University, 1970.
Major: Sociology


President, The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

As the current President of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, I serve as the chief executive officer of a vibrant comprehensive public university that is firmly committed to its national aspirations and dual mission of liberal arts and professional education—both at the undergraduate and graduate level—the superb quality of its faculty and students, and always has the success of students as its highest priority. I have formed a cohesive, goal-oriented Cabinet including the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Vice President for Advancement and President of the Brockport Foundation, and Executive Director of Public and Government Relations. The College at Brockport is known for its visionary strategic planning and transparent budget processes, strong shared governance, and its long-standing leadership position among SUNY institutions in the area of international education and Study Abroad Programs, partnering with some of the world's most distinguished institutions from England's Oxford and Cambridge to Australia's Sandstone Universities and China's Shandong University.

Founded in 1835, The College at Brockport consists of a beautiful 464-acre main campus that is undergoing major capital improvements and is guided by a twenty-year Facilities Master Plan. We proudly serve the Finger Lakes Region, Western New York, and downtown Rochester with our strategically placed MetroCenter, featuring collaborative academic programs with other Rochester colleges, and the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. A diverse student population of 7,100 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students enrolled in 50 undergraduate degree programs and 41 graduate programs places the College among the top echelon of SUNY's comprehensive colleges. The record-setting class entering Fall 2010 included the largest number of new full-time students in 25 years and the most diverse—confirming Brockport as a "hot college" as cited by the Princeton Review, US News & World Report, and Kiplinger's as a "best value" college. With an all-funds budget of $158 million and a workforce comprised of more than 1,500 employees, Brockport is a major employer in suburban Rochester and the institution with the highest number of alumni employed in the greater Rochester area—more than 30,000. Of its 600 full-time tenure or tenure-track faculty, more than 90 have received the prestigious Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Service, or Scholarship and Creative Activity complemented by numerous other faculty and staff whom have received additional Chancellor's Awards for Professional Service and Librarianship. Twenty-seven faculty members have been awarded the title Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor or Distinguished Service Professor in keeping with our three-fold mission.

As President, I am an enthusiastic spokesperson and work closely with our College Council, our Foundation Board (with a growing national presence) and Alumni Association Board to broaden both private and public support. We are currently in the process of publicly launching the College's largest-ever comprehensive campaign to maintain and accelerate this high level of academic excellence. We are most proud of our first academic restructuring in 30 years, including the launching of a new School of Business.

The College at Brockport (part of a new brand and marketing campaign) is one of 64 institutions that comprise the State University of New York—the nation's largest system of comprehensive colleges and universities, guided by a dynamic Chancellor, Dr. Nancy Zimpher, with a campus strategic plan placing us on a national trajectory and in keeping with "The Power of SUNY" plan. (August 2005 - present)

President, Mansfield University.

For seven years, I served as the President of Mansfield University, a unique, highly personalized comprehensive public university that is proud of its student-centered mission, the superb quality of teaching, and its primary focus on learning. Overseeing a Cabinet including the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Assistant Provost, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Advancement/ Executive Director of the Mansfield University Foundation, this executive group worked collaboratively with all members of the University community to initiate a dynamic strategic plan. The University also instituted a performance plan with measurable outcomes aligned with the goals of the Board of Governors. Early on, I advocated for the development of an integrated marketing plan to complement a very successful enrollment management plan resulting in seven straight years of enrollment growth and record increases in minority enrollment. Working in the spirit of shared governance with the University Senate and faculty leadership, I also implemented a new General Education Program to renew the curriculum. Mansfield took pride in initiating an engaged student learning forum and a comprehensive assessment program to measure learning outcomes and student satisfaction. Town meetings and strategic planning were hallmarks of my administration.

Founded in 1857, Mansfield University is a residential campus that serves the unique needs of the Twin Tiers region. A diverse student population of over 3,500 students enrolled in over 75 degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate. The workforce entailed 450, including 200 faculty and 250 staff. Mansfield's $50 million budget was guided by a University-wide budget plan. As President, I also worked closely with the Trustees, Foundation and Alumni Boards to broaden external support and federal funding. We implemented a campus master plan transforming the entire campus and entailing the renovation of academic and student life facilities totaling more than $80 million. I assumed leadership for launching the institution's first-ever comprehensive campaign following a successful "silent phase" and culminating in the institution's sesquicentennial celebration.

Mansfield University is one of the fourteen institutions that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Within the State System, I served as elected Chair (2003-2005) of the Commission of Presidents and Commission for Universities, on the Chancellor's Council of Presidents, and on the SyTEC Board as well as the Presidents' representative on the Planning Commission, advocating for quality public education at an affordable cost and focusing on student success, learning, diversity, collaboration, economic development, and accountability. (July 1998 - August 2005)

Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Maine.

As the chief student affairs officer at the University of Maine System's flagship, land-grant university, I served as a member of the President's Cabinet and Executive Council. The Division of Student Affairs encompassed the following units: Center for Students and Community Life/Dean of Students; Multicultural Student Affairs; Non-Traditional/Commuter Students; Judicial Affairs; Volunteer Programs; Greek Life; Student Employment; Memorial Union/Bookstore; Maine Bound/Outdoor Education; Career Center; Student Orientation and Activities; Counseling Center; Health Services; Public Safety; Residential Life; Dining and Conference Services.

During this decade, I also was privileged to teach graduate seminars in higher education and serve on graduate committees in the College of Education. I mentored a number of students who have gone on to successful careers in higher education—the highest testimony to a university professor.

I was responsible for the overall administrative and conceptual leadership of 300 total staff, for a budget of $30 million, and for out-of-class educational opportunities supporting five academic colleges serving 12,000 students. The University of Maine, part of a seven-campus system of public higher education in the state of Maine, is the flagship, land-grant, research institution. (August 1987 - June 1998)

Vice President for Student Life, Gonzaga University.

As the chief policy-maker for the 40-person Division of Student Life, I was responsible for providing leadership for: Division I Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals; Campus Ministry; Counseling Center; Dean of Students Office; Health Services; Residential Life; Orientation; Leadership Development; Placement and Career Services Center; Student Conduct; and Student Government and Activities. I was the primary advocate for student life at this Jesuit university.

Reporting to the President, I assumed additional responsibilities in the areas of: University-wide resource and budget management; public relations and development; liaison with Trustees, Regents, and public officials; student retention; policy development; accreditation; strategic planning; professional development and in-service training. My Cabinet-level experiences at this Jesuit university composed of 4,000 students and 200 faculty in seven schools and colleges, including a School of Law, enabled further insights into the governance of independent higher education. (August 1980 - July 1987)

Assistant to the Vice President for Student Services, The Ohio State University.

Within the central office of Student Services during the pursuit of my Ph.D., I supported the Vice President in the direction of ten departments, 160 professionals, 1,000 staff members, and a $35 million budget. As the Vice President's "chief deputy", I functioned as primary liaison to academic units and student affairs agencies, served on a number of task forces and university-wide committees on behalf of the VP, and assumed responsibilities such as consulting, proposal writing, staff training and development, and decision-making regarding division-wide concerns.

I also coordinated the judicial system for the central campus and four regional campuses encompassing 58,000 students, twenty-four judicial bodies, and 200 advisors, staff members, and justices. Under my purview, the Judicial Programs office handled 800 cases per year, published the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, advised students and faculty regarding grievances, compiled statistical data, advised the Council on Student Affairs, trained faculty-student judiciaries, advised faculty on matters of academic integrity, and redesigned the policies and organizational structure governing student behavior. (July 1977 - July 1980)


Assistant Dean of Students, College of the Holy Cross.

The assistant deanship included complete direction of the Resident Assistant Program (selection, training, and evaluation of ninety staff members), supervision of five residence halls, house councils, student discipline, and publications, and other administrative and advisory assignments within student affairs at this first-rate Jesuit, liberal arts college of 2,500 full-time students. (August 1974 - June 1977)

Director of West Campus, Boston University.

As Director of one of the largest residential complexes (1,650 students, three 13-story high rise halls, and ancillary facilities), my responsibilities ranged from adjudicating and counseling major developmental problems to encouraging positive environmental and attitudinal changes. In addition to supervising five full-time directors, thirty-five graduate and undergraduate advisors, and six faculty associates, I assumed active roles teaching a counseling course, recruiting and selecting staff, initiating environmental and organizational improvements, implementing living-learning modules, and improving the quality of undergraduate student life. In short, I functioned as a complex coordinator and primary liaison with all academic and nonacademic departments at this urban university. (July 1973 - July 1974)

Director of Student Activities/Assistant Director of Residential Life, Albion College.

My position at this liberal arts college of 1,700 students required simultaneous responsibilities in the areas of programming and residence life. First, I served as Director of Student Activities, advisor to the Union Board, Director of the Student Union building, and coordinator of the College calendar. Secondly, I served as Director of Twin Towers coeducational residence halls and staff training and development for the Department of Residential Life. (July 1972 - June 1973)

Graduate Resident Advisor, Michigan State University.

During the time that I pursued my M.A. degree, I assumed primary responsibility for the selection, training, and evaluation of the residence hall staffs in two residence halls. I was involved in academic advising and personal counseling and gave direction to educational programs, student government, summer programs, international student orientation, and helping skills workshops. Internships extended to the dean's office, counseling, admissions, and student activities. (August 1970 - June 1972)

Pre-Professional Summer Employment Program, IBM Corporation.

During two successive summers, I was employed by IBM Corporation where I was trained in Lexington, Kentucky, and Dallas, Texas, as one of 50 college students nationally in their Pre-Professional Summer Employment Program. In addition, I worked as a paid intern out of the Syracuse, NY, office and gained valuable corporate-relations and sales experience while still a student at Colgate University. (Summers, 1969 - 1970)



Service on Visitation Teams for both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.


Cooperating Associate Professor, College of Education and the Graduate School, University of Maine, serving on graduate committees and teaching seminars each year on "Current Issues in Higher Education"; Lecturer, University Survey Course; Lecturer, "Legal Issues in Higher Education"; Instructor, Counseling and Human Relations Course; Facilitator, Seminar for Doctoral Students; Teaching Assistant, Graduate Course in Counseling. Frequent guest lecturer at both The College at Brockport and Mansfield University.


Dissertation research focused on the time allocations of, and organizational implications for, deans and vice presidents at Big Ten institutions; field research utilized moral, intellectual, and student development instrumentation; consulting research at Kenyon College and Denison University; served on the editorial board of the 50th anniversary issue of The Journal of Higher Education and the NASPA Journal; interests in leadership theory, workforce development, legal issues in higher education, ethics, marketing, organizational theory, and governance.

Service Current and Past

President of the Rochester Area Colleges, Inc., a consortium of 19-area private and public universities. Serve on Unity Health's Board and Quality/Safety Committee following serving on the Unity Finance Committee. Recently served on the Rochester Business Journal's Athena Awards selection committee and named to "The List"—the RBJ's "Who's Who" Directory for 2011. Past Chair of the Commission of Presidents of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and served on the Tioga County Development Corporation Board and BOOM (the Betterment Organization of Mansfield) and formerly served on the Guthrie Healthcare System Board of Trustees and Education and Research Board, the Workforce and Economic Development Network of the Pennsylvania Policy Board, the Board of Directors of the College Center of the Finger Lakes. Additional community service ranged from the YMCA Board to American Heart Association to Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a volunteer.

Conference Presentations

Writing for professional and scholarly journals; time management; paralegal services and student rights; moral development theory; learning in the academy; downsizing in higher education; career opportunities in higher education; student-centered institutions; and leadership development.


Participated in a variety of post-doctoral management institutes including the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, the first Stanford University Colloquium, the ACE-NASPA Summer Institute, and the AASCU Presidents’ Academy. Designed, directed, facilitated and consulted for workshops ranging from academic advising and alcohol education to national conferences. Served as the first President-in-Residence for the NASPA-Stevens national institute.

Committees Current and Past

Past Chair, Commission of Presidents and Commission for Universities of the PA State System of Higher Education; Council of Presidents; Chancellor's Leadership Team; Advancement, Academic and Student Affairs Committees on Systemic Change; Chair, Professional Development Committee of the Commission for the Universities; Planning Commission, State System of Higher Education; President's Task Force on the Status of Women; Council on Women; University of Maine System's Task Force on Educational Costs; Trustees' Student Life; President's Task Force on Downsizing and Reallocation; Academic Programs and Budget Review; Council of Colleges; Academic Deans; Career Development; Academic Integrity; Mental Health; Student Union; Planning and Priorities; Athletic Council; Chair, NCAA Certification Steering Committee; Residency Appeals Board; Judicial; Student Organizations and Community Life; Residence Life Advisory; Orientation Task Force; Chair, Task Force for the Portland Center; Chaired $5 million capital project for a multi-purpose recreation center completed in 1986; $6 million residential life and conference complex completed in 1991; committee to develop a strategic plan for a $10 million student center in 1996-97.


The Ohio State University's Outstanding Alumnus Award for the College Student Personnel Program (2001) for "Outstanding and Sustained Leadership, Commitment and Service to the Higher Education Profession"; Selected by the Associated Students for the "Faculty Appreciation Award" my first year at Gonzaga University; among three national finalists for NASPA's national "Dissertation of the Year Award"; Colgate's Senior Honorary Society; New York State Regents' Scholar.


I serve or have served as an active member of the following professional organizations: American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU); Chair, AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee; Chair, AASCU New Presidents' Academy Advisory Team; AASCU Professional Development and Nominating Committees; and Council of State Representatives. American Council on Education's (ACE) Commission on Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness; National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC); NASULGC Task Force on the Future of College Health Services; NASULGC Executive Committee, Council on Student Affairs; Chair, NASULGC Kellogg Commission Task Force of the Council on Student Affairs; Northwest College Personnel Association; Boston Association of Housing Administrators; President, Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (1986-1987); IUC Consortium of Deans and Vice Presidents; and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Board of Directors and Vice President (1985-1987), Chair, National Conference Program (1985), Director, National Institute (1995), and Journal Editorial Board. I am also a current member of the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) as well as the Rochester Business Alliance (RBA).


Community service: reading; higher education literature; skiing; biking; travel; outdoor activities; boating and kayaking in the Finger Lakes; the historic Erie Canal; parenting; and golden retrievers.

Last Updated 2/28/12