Stacey Robertson

Stacey Robertson

Stacey Robertson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Geneseo

Years in current role: 4+

What do you enjoy most about your role?

As a leader, I enjoy empowering others to innovate, experiment, and “fail forward.” I also revel in developing authentic relationships with my colleagues. More specifically, as the provost at SUNY Geneseo, I love collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to ensure that every student reaches their potential and launches into life with skills, confidence, and joy. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than watching our alumni experience success and also make the world a better place.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

The pandemic brought with it many challenges, ranging from health and safety to technology and communication. It required teamwork and creativity among our faculty and staff to adapt and pivot so that we could be responsive and flexible with students, even as we continued to provide an outstanding academic experience for all. It was especially difficult to promote and support well-being and belonging given how isolated so many of us felt. I am proud of the compassion, kindness, and collaboration shown by our students, faculty, and staff despite the challenges we faced.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the higher education industry in the next 3-5 years?

The demographic decline in the number of 18- and 19-year-olds in the coming years will create more intense competition among colleges and universities and exacerbate financial challenges. But every challenge offers an opportunity. Those who are able to creatively pivot to attract students of all ages and backgrounds through relevant and meaningful programs, clear pathways to careers and skills, and transformational teaching and learning, will not only weather the storm, but thrive into the future.

What college class that you haven’t taken would you be most interested in taking and why?

I would love to take a data analytics course. As a leader, understanding how to use, share, and understand data efficiently is critical.