Dr. Mary Bonderoff Appointed as Officer-in-Charge at SUNY Delhi

Dr. Mary BonderoffThe State University of New York has named Dr. Mary Bonderoff as the officer-in-charge at SUNY Delhi. Dr. Bonderoff has been serving as special advisor to the Chancellor for the past six months at SUNY Delhi while continuing to fulfill her responsibilities as vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer at SUNY Morrisville. Her appointment is effective on May 16 as the college conducts a nationwide search for the next president.

SUNY Delhi Acting College Council Chair Jack Schoonmaker said, "Dr. Bonderoff will help us improve the effectiveness of shared governance for the betterment of the SUNY Delhi campus community, and will facilitate the enhancement of human resources policies in the areas of diversity and inclusion, and assist with integrating those tenets into the hiring process. Her student-centric focus has earned the trust of students, faculty, staff, and administrators to build bridges for change, and we are grateful for her service in this matter."

Dr. Bonderoff is active in the community, serving as chair of the ACE Women's Network Board for New York and serves on the cabinet of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, in Peterboro, NY. She has been an Anti-Defamation League Trainer, Campus of Difference Diversity Trainer, and an Intergroup Dialogue Trainer.

"I am thrilled to continue my work at SUNY Delhi as its temporary leader until a new president is selected for this esteemed campus," said Dr. Mary Bonderoff. "I will continue to approach campus issues with balance, sourcing opinions and assistance from all perspectives, fostering teamwork to achieve the common goal of a more inclusive campus experience for all, while also supporting and inspiring our students every step of the way. Thank you, SUNY Interim Chancellor Stanley and SUNY Administration, for your continued collaboration and support."

About Dr. Mary Bonderoff
Dr. Bonderoff began her career at SUNY in 1989 at the Oneonta campus serving in roles with increasing responsibility, including Director of the Center for Multicultural Experiences, Director for Student Diversity, and then as Director of Diversity Education and Community Outreach. She went to SUNY Morrisville to serve as Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, and has been Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for the past two years. As Chief Diversity Officer for SUNY Morrisville, she did not shy away from leading difficult dialogues around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in a series called "Critical Conversations with the CDO," and additionally assisted in developing policy initiatives within the university, including a Racial Profiling Police Policy, Gender Inclusive Housing, a Preferred Names Project, and Gender-Neutral Bathrooms on campus. She is a member of the SUNY Disability Task Force, which was established in 2021, and has been serving as special advisor to the Chancellor at SUNY Delhi.

Dr. Bonderoff has worked closely with a number of partners in the community, including the Cooperstown Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce, Oneonta and Cooperstown Central School Districts, and has been a member of the United University Professions for twenty-eight years, as well as a member of the NAACP. She has extensive experience in human resource policies, specializing in areas of diversity and inclusion, search and hiring, and reasonable accommodations. Dr. Bonderoff earned a doctorate from Northeastern University; two MS degrees and a BS in education, all from SUNY Oneonta. One of Dr. Bonderoff's first jobs while she was a graduate student was at SUNY Delhi as a Residence Hall Director. Her immediate family is also a part of the SUNY family, as her husband and three sons all attended a SUNY campus for their higher education.