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Office of the President

Kristin G. Esterberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Kristin Esterberg serves as SUNY Potsdam’s 16th president, a position she has held since 2014. Founded in 1816, the State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges and the oldest institution within the State University of New York system. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity.

The first woman to lead the College, Dr. Esterberg is passionate about helping institutions develop inclusive campus communities and providing transformational experiences to all students. Under her leadership, the campus recently completed a $33.5 million comprehensive campaign and received an historic $5.25 million gift to support faculty efforts in applied learning. With its newly created Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, SUNY Potsdam is implementing its first DEI strategic plan.

At the national level, Dr. Esterberg serves as a Board Member for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She is a mentor for the Millennium Leadership Initiative and serves on the Executive Steering Committee.

Dr. Esterberg currently serves as Co-Chair of the SUNY Global Learning for All Taskforce. She has served on the SUNY Diversity and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Forces, and as honorary co-chair for Spectrum, a national conference aimed at combatting sexual violence against LGBTQ members of our communities. Dr. Esterberg currently serves as Co-Chair of the Village of Potsdam’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee. She also serves as a trustee of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation.

Prior to coming to SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Esterberg served as provost and academic vice president at Salem State University and as deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Esterberg earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science at Boston University, before earning her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University.