Published June 3, 2020
Kristina M. Johnson is stepping down as SUNY Chancellor to become president of The Ohio State University on Sept. 1.
Johnson will continue her duties as SUNY Chancellor to help prepare campuses for the fall semester until an interim leadership structure is appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Johnson has led SUNY with a deep commitment to providing access and opportunity, while ensuring a premier high-quality education for all our students and propelling our university system to new national heights and recognition,” SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Merryl H. Tisch said in announcing Johnson’s departure today. “We join all New Yorkers in thanking Dr. Johnson for her service and her tireless commitment to issues of equity and excellence, and we wish her the very best on her new opportunity as president of Ohio State University.”
“Leading SUNY has been an honor, and throughout my term I have been energized by the students, our esteemed faculty, and the brilliant leaders I have come to know and value,” Johnson said. “New York State has been welcoming to me and my wife Veronica Meinhard, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to build on SUNY’s strength as a diverse and inclusive higher education system.”
Johnson became SUNY’s 13th chancellor of SUNY on April 24, 2017. Before her term officially began on Sept. 5, 2017, she coordinated SUNY’s response to help the people of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing efforts to rescue and rebuild the island. Johnson personally volunteered on the island in 2018 along with SUNY and CUNY students.
During her tenure as chancellor, two-year community college graduation rates increased 22 percent, and the number of students requiring remediation was reduced by half. She launched PRODiG (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth), an initiative designed to increase faculty diversity across SUNY campuses by hiring 1,000 underrepresented minorities and women in STEM by 2030.
Under Johnson’s leadership, SUNY also has: