SUNY Potsdam's Melissa Proulx Completes First SUNY Employee Relations Institute


SUNY Potsdam Assistant Director of Human Resources Melissa Proulx recently completed the first-ever session of the SUNY Employee Relations Institute.

The SUNY Employee Relations Institute is the first sponsored by the State University of New York Human Resources Association. The program provided a comprehensive, hands-on training for SUNY human resources professionals working in the employee relations field. Participants received an in-depth education on a myriad of topics that impact how employee and labor relations are conducted at SUNY campuses. 

“The SUNY Employee Relations Institute gave me the opportunity to link the building blocks from my education with real life case studies that I will be able to apply in my current role,” Proulx said. “The training provided an outstanding experience. I am grateful to have been a part of the program.”

The institute programs were presented by professionals from the Governor's Office of Employee Relations, the state Department of Civil Service, SUNY Employee Relations and the state Teacher’s Retirement System, among others. The SUNY Employee Relations Institute required a significant time commitment during the Fall 2012 semester.

A native of Canton, N.Y., Proulx graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and employee relations. While an undergraduate, she participated in a human resources internship at Corning, Inc. Proulx received her master’s degree in 2008 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in employment and labor relations. She worked for Lockheed Martin in Washington, D.C., for two years before coming to her current role at SUNY Potsdam in 2010.

For more information about human resources and employment at SUNY Potsdam, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.