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SUNY affirms appointment of Gabrielle Gaustad as vice president of Statutory Affairs for Alfred University

Alfred University | 9/26/19

Gabrielle Gaustad
Gabrielle Gaustad

The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Directors on Wednesday affirmed the appointment of Gabrielle Gaustad ’04 as vice president of Statutory Affairs at Alfred University.


ALFRED, NY – The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Directors on Wednesday affirmed the appointment of Gabrielle Gaustad ’04 as vice president of Statutory Affairs at Alfred University.

The appointment is effective immediately. In her role, Gaustad -- who is dean of Alfred University's Inamori School of Engineering -- will serve as unit head for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She replaces W. Richard Stephens, who had served as acting vice president of Statutory Affairs/NYSCC unit head from 2016 until June 30, 2019, when he retired from his position as Alfred University’s provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

“I am pleased that Gabrielle Gaustad has been chosen to serve as vice president of Statutory Affairs at Alfred University,” remarked Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. “As dean of our Inamori School of Engineering and an alumna of our University, she is dedicated to continued success of the New York State College of Ceramics and Alfred University.”

The vice president of Statutory Affairs/unit head is SUNY’s chief administrative officer of the New York State College of Ceramics, overseeing supervision of budget requests and expenditures for the College on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Gaustad has been dean of the Inamori School of Engineering since Jan. 1. She came to Alfred from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she served as associate professor and Master of Science program in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. At RIT, Gaustad conducted more than $2 million in sponsored research programs, graduating dozens of doctoral and masters students.

Gaustad earned a B.S. degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 2004. She also holds a master’s degree in computation for design and optimization and a doctorate in materials science and engineering, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.