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St. John Fisher College Names Dr. Kevin Railey as New Provost

April 19, 2016

St. John Fisher College has appointed Dr. Kevin Railey as the new provost of the College, effective July 1.

Kevin Railey

In his role at Fisher, Railey will be the Chief Academic Officer with responsibility for academic leadership and administration in the areas of planning, developing, implementing, and assessing all academic programs and services. He will provide leadership and supervision for the College’s School of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; Wegmans School of Nursing; Wegmans School of Pharmacy; the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education; Lavery Library; and numerous areas of academic affairs. In addition, he will be a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Senior Staff.

“I am pleased to welcome Kevin Railey to the College and I look forward to working with him as a member of the senior leadership team,” said Gerard J. Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College. “Dr. Railey’s experience, accomplishments, and demonstrated commitment – to students, faculty and staff colleagues, and the community – will help continue to move the College forward in the accomplishment of our academic mission.”

Railey comes to Fisher from Buffalo State College, where he has served as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School since 2007. In that role, he has guided the College’s efforts by leading initiatives to advance scholarly and creative pursuits; led and coordinated initiatives to accomplish strategic and academic goals; served as administrative liaison and organized efforts for the application to achieve the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement; and managed a comprehensive professional development program for campus constituents, among other responsibilities. In addition, as graduate dean, he worked with the deans of the four schools to advance the vision of graduate education at Buffalo State.

During his tenure at the College, he also served as interim associate vice president of enrollment management and chair of the English Department. In addition, he was coordinator of the Freshman Writing Program and coordinator of English Education.

He has received several awards for his work including the President’s Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Equity and Diversity in 2003 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2005.

At Buffalo State, he sits on the boards for the following college initiatives: the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education; the Community Academic Center; the Professional and Applied Computational Math program; Great Lakes Eco-systems Science program; the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Council, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center. He also serves on the advisory board for Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders Program, a leadership development program representing a diverse range of identities from the City of Buffalo.

Railey received a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“I am excited about joining the St. John Fisher College leadership team and becoming a part of the Fisher community,” said Railey. “I look forward to working with President Rooney, the Board, and the faculty to advance the goals of the institution, particularly its community engagement mission.”