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Officer-in-Charge Joseph Rufo

officer in charge Joseph Rufo

Effective June 1, 2020, Joseph Rufo will serve as ESF's Officer-in-Charge, named by SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson to lead the college until the next president is appointed. While serving in this position, Joe will maintain his duties as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration.

"I am honored to accept the position and want to thank Dr. Amberg for his outstanding leadership as we've worked through some very challenging times," said Joe. "Dr. Amberg will be remembered for many accomplishments. At the top of the list is building a new spirit of collegiality and focusing the college community on our shared mission."

In his new role, Joe will meet with units across the college as well as work closely with the College's senior leadership, Board of Trustees and SUNY.

ESF Discovery Challenge Pathways to a Sustainable Innovation Strategy

"SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson has asked me to help guide the campus through a process modeled after the 'Framework for the Future' that she designed and implemented while she was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University. ... My staff and I have worked over the last two months to design a process that models the chancellor's Framework process but makes it specific to ESF's needs. We call this the ESF Discovery Challenge — a challenge to chart the College's future by engaging and empowering the broader ESF community in a solution-focused approach."

Read more:

ESF Discovery Challenge (PDF)