Vice President for Administration
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Welcome to the website of the Office of the Vice President for Administration at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. SUNY-ESF is a dynamic and exciting place to work and to learn. This office is responsible for keeping the college running smoothly — from constructing and maintaining facilities to facilitating the hiring of new faculty and staff to ensuring the safety of all on campus. We invite you to browse our site and learn about the units reporting to the Vice President for Administration, ESF’s Board of Trustees, College policies, and current information.

Primary responsibilities of the Vice President for Administration include oversight of the seven college units described below, annual budget planning, administrative policy formulation, coordination of administrative activities with affiliated organizations, and providing counsel to the college president on all aspects of administration. The Vice President for Administration also works with off-campus groups including Syracuse University administrative offices, the State University of New York, the State University Construction Fund, the State University Business Officers Association, the Research Foundation of SUNY, and the University Hill Corporation.

  • Joseph L. Rufo
    Vice President for Administration
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    1 Forestry Drive
    208 Bray Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13210
  • Nancy Otts
    Secretary to the Vice President
    Phone: 315-470-6622
    Fax: 315-470-6932

Offices that report to the Vice President for Administration:

Business Affairs

The Business Affairs staff is responsible for budget development and administration. Responsibilities include accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, student billing and account collection, internal control, the campus copy center, and administration of ESF College Foundation and SUNY Research Foundation accounts.

Environmental Health and Safety

The Environmental Health and Safety unit is responsible for developing and implementing cooperative services and programs that ensure adequate employee safety training; monitoring potentially hazardous conditions; providing health and safety resources and technical support; managing hazardous wastes; and facilitating regulatory compliance through written programs and periodic auditing of health and safety practices.

Forest Properties

The Forest Properties unit provides overall direction in the management of the College's 25,000 acres of forests and field stations to support educational, research, and professional opportunities for the faculty and students and to serve as a public demonstration of sustainable forest management. The forest management staff collects, analyzes, and reports information on the status and trends of the forests, and provides scientific and GIS data management services to faculty researchers, while the general maintenance staff provides facility and infrastructure maintenance services. The unit is also responsible for the preparation and administration of timber sales, special forest products sales and other miscellaneous contracts.

Human Resources

The Human Resources staff is responsible for recruitment, orientation, appointments, training, employee and labor relations, personnel database management, and employee benefits and support services. The unit also administers the ESF affirmative action program.

Information Technology

Information Technology staff provide support services to faculty, staff and student computer users through the offices of Computing and Network Services and Information Systems. The staff administers ESFNet and EvergreenX, the wireless campus system. The office also administers the computing hardware and software shared with the Syracuse University computing system.

Physical Plant

The Physical Plant staff includes professional and administrative staff, skilled trades, custodial, grounds, and mailroom staff. ESF’s Physical Plant is responsible for maintaining approximately 1,000,000 square feet of buildings, more than 20 percent of which are located on remote properties in the Adirondacks. The Physical Plant staff also is responsible for a fleet of 80 vehicles, maintenance of buildings and grounds, voice and data communication systems, mail services, property inventory, and facilities planning and construction.

University Police

The University Police staff includes uniformed sworn police officers, lieutenants and a chief along with office support staff. The department is responsible round the clock for personal safety, criminal investigations, campus access, building security, parking and enforcement of all New York State vehicle and traffic laws.


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