Edward Summers

Edward SummersChief Deputy to the President

Dr. Edward Summers is Chief Deputy to the President. Dr. Summers reports directly to the President and serve as a presidential advisor and chief of staff.

As Chief Deputy, Dr. Summers acts as designee in the absence of President Stanley, representing Dr. Stanley and his views as necessary with key internal and/or external stakeholders. He manages high level relationships with internal and external constituencies and provides day-to-day assistance and advice to the President, including resolution or direction on key decisions and insight and objectivity into key issues facing the University. Dr. Summers is responsible for independently carrying out major responsibilities under the President's purview such as monitoring and evaluating unit activities, serving as chair of key committees and communicating with senior leadership at the University. He serves on accreditation committees and responds to faculty and student matters, interface with the Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (CAPRA), and supervise several offices/programs reporting to the President including Conferences and Special Events, Organizational Wellness, Ombudsman, Healthier U Initiatives and the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE).

Dr. Summers has eleven years of experience as an executive-level administrator supporting the work of a college president. He previously served as the Chief of Staff and Director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College. While at Union College, one of his major accomplishments was establishing the Kelly Adirondack Research Center. Prior to joining Union College, Dr. Summers worked for more than seven years as an Assistant to President Dennis Murray at Marist College where he was also an adjunct professor of public administration and policy, served as program director for Presidential Referral Scholars and director of Marist Africa Programs. Dr. Summers earned a B.A. in Political Science from Marist College, where he also earned his M.P.A.; he holds a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School. He is an expert in the field of urban politics, economic development and public policy where his research interests include planning in the area of small city economic development models. He has written about higher education and economic development issues for various media outlets including the Huffington Post and the Poughkeepsie Journal, and has been invited to speak on both topics, nationally and internationally.