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Kristin G. Esterberg, Ph.D.

Kristin G. Esterberg was appointed as the sixteenth president of SUNY Potsdam, effective June 30, 2014. Trained as a sociologist, Dr. Esterberg received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in sociology at Cornell University.She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University. Prior to her appointment at SUNY Potsdam, she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Salem State, and Deputy Provost and Associate Provost at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.She was previously chair of the sociology department and a tenured faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and director of the women's studies program and a tenured professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the author of three books and numerous articles and publications on qualitative research methodology, gender, and sexuality. Her most recent book (with co-author John Wooding) is Divided Conversations: Identity, Leadership, and Change in Public Higher Education (Vanderbilt University Press 2013).

Dr. Esterberg is excited and honored to be part of the SUNY Potsdam community of students, faculty, and staff, and leading the university into its bicentennial year and beyond. Dr. Esterberg is joined in Potsdam by her spouse, Dr. Sue Bergmeier and their two daughters, Katherine and Lin (Qiong Qiong).


President, Dr. Kristin Esterberg