Dr. John L. Graham serve as Provost Fellow for Academic and Strategic Development at the State University of New York System Administration. He supports the implementation of SUNY’s priority Completion Agenda and serves as liaison to campuses to meet SUNY Excels Performance Improvement Plan goals. He also assist with the refinement of student effectiveness and the strategic Enrollment Planning process. Previously, Dr. Graham served as the transitional Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He was the chief development officer that provided strategic and operational leadership for several cross-functional areas: alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, government relations, sponsored research and community relations.
Dr. Graham served on the faculty and in several senior administrative positions during his career at public universities with unions in both urban and suburban environments offering liberal arts and professional degree programs to undergraduate, graduate, traditional and non-traditional students. Prior to joining Cheyney University, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at the State University of New York – Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center preparing adult learners for college-readiness, Interim Dean in the School of Business at Medgar Evers College – City University of New York, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs and Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University.
Dr. Graham was a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Government Relations Council. He previously served on the State University of New York Legislative Committee for state-wide Educational Opportunity Centers and Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State and member of the Negotiation Team – Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations. Dr. Graham’s professional travels extend to sixty countries on five continents.
Through his commitment to serving the community; Dr. Graham has worked with numerous community based organizations and industry leaders that service residents’ needs for workforce training and development. He received a doctorate in Agricultural and Extension Education from Michigan State University in 1996, a Masters in Agricultural and Extension Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1991, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1989. Dr. Graham has certificates in leadership from AASCU Executive Leadership Academy, SUNY Executive Leadership Academy, Millennium Leadership Initiative, and Institute for Educational Management and Executive Education at Harvard University.