The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees recently appointed Joseph Porter '84 as SUNY vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, effective June 4, 2015. He has held a similar position at Excelsior College in Albany for the last 10 years.
As vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, Porter will provide legal advice and opinions for SUNY and the Board of Trustees and represent the state university in legal matters. SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses and online.
At Excelsior College, Porter directed the institution's legal operations, participated in the administration of the college as a member of the executive staff and served as secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Immediately prior to joining Excelsior College, Porter served in the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for 12 years, first as deputy counsel and later as executive director of the New York State Office of Teaching. During his years with NYSED, Porter authored innovative regulations and legislation on a wide variety of education issues and led a series of teams responsible for implementing the Regents' education reform agenda. He also served as legal advisor to the Board of Regents' Task Force on Teaching as it drafted groundbreaking reforms of New York's standards for the preparation and certification of teachers.
Prior to his work at NYSED, Porter served as deputy counsel and legislative representative of the New York State School Boards Association, where he advised and represented more than 700 school districts in New York. Porter began his career as general counsel and legislative representative for the New York State Conference of Mayors, where he advised and represented the mayors of New York's cities and villages.
Porter has lectured extensively throughout the State over the last 25 years on a variety of education issues and served as adjunct instructor of education law in the Graduate School of Educational Administration of the College of Saint Rose in Albany from 1996 to 2010.
A graduate of Albany Law, Porter also holds a bachelor's degree in history and American studies from Manhattan College in New York City.