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Interim Provost Appointment

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Minghua Zhang has been appointed Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective 1 August 2019. Minghua has been a member of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) faculty since 1990 and currently holds the title of SUNY Distinguished Professor. He brings a wealth of administrative experience to this role, having served as Dean of SoMAS from 2010-2016, Associate Dean from 2003-2010, and Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheric Sciences.

Dr. Zhang is one of our University’s eminent scholars in climate science. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles in top scientific journals, including Science. Minghua’s research has been supported by over $20 million of cumulative funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Administration for Space and Aeronautics, and the U.S. Department of Energy. His accomplishments are some of the most illustrious within the SUNY system. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, an honor bestowed to only the top 1% of its members. Minghua was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

Minghua’s research focus is in numerical modeling of climate and global climate change. The scope of his work includes the development and analysis of parameterization components in general circulation models, the diagnostic study of physical processes and feedback processes in the climate system, and the modeling and analysis of past and future climate changes. Minghua’s innovations in climate modeling are considered highly influential in the field.

Please join me in congratulating Minghua Zhang on his appointment as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and in wishing him every success in his new leadership role.


Michael A. Bernstein
Professor of Business, Economics, and History
Interim President – Designate
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs