SUNY chancellor stepping down to lead Ohio University
Jun 03, 2020 12:30 pm
Nick Niedzwiadek is reporting for Politico New York after only three years on the job, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is stepping down to take a position at Ohio State University. She is expected to make a formal announcement on June 3. Ohio State President Michael Drake has announced plans to retire at the end of the current academic year after leading the university since 2014. The New York Post is reporting Robert Megna, a former state budget director is expected to fill in as interim SUNY chancellor. He is currently serving as SUNY’s chief operating officer. Johnson was chosen to lead New York's 64-college system in 2017 after serving as undersecretary of energy in the Obama administration. She succeeded Nancy Zimpher, who led the university system for eight years. Johnson is an electrical engineer by trade and holds dozens of U.S. patents. One of her inventions was a camera to detect cancerous and precancerous cells on cervical smears. Before coming to SUNY, Johnson served as dean of the engineering school at Duke University and as provost of Johns Hopkins University. During her time at SUNY, Johnson promoted various clean energy and sustainability initiatives, as well as diversification of the system’s student body and campus leadership. Read the full story at Politico [dot] com.