University Announces New Campus Leaders
School of Education Dean
Laura M. Spenceley, Ph.D., was named dean of the School of Education, effective June 1, 2022.
Reporting to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, Spenceley serves as an important member of the academic affairs leadership team, including the President’s Council. She supports the recruitment, development and evaluation of faculty and staff in the School of Education; oversees the implementation of programs within the School of Education; and works with department chairs, faculty and staff to develop new programs and improve existing programs.
Spenceley, who was appointed interim dean of the School of Education for the 2021-2022 academic year, has served the SUNY Oswego community for the better part of a decade, most recently as associate dean in the Division of Graduate Studies. She also served as a member of the faculty, teaching as an assistant professor and associate professor in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Spenceley served as chair of the School of Education’s Faculty Council and was a member of the Dean’s School of Education Administrative Advisory Council.
Spenceley earned a Doctor of Philosophy in school psychology from Syracuse University, a master’s in clinical psychology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Western Michigan University.
School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA) Interim Dean
Jennifer Knapp, Ed.D., was named interim dean of SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA), effective July 1, 2022. Former Dean Julie Pretzat announced in spring 2022 her intentions to step down from the deanship to return to the classroom.
In this leadership position, Knapp—who has served SCMA as a professor, department chair and associate dean, and has led and participated in key initiatives for SUNY Oswego since her arrival in 2008—will provide continuing oversight of SCMA while the search committee for a permanent dean commences its work.
Knapp has served as the school’s associate dean since 2015, where her primary job duties have revolved around the creation, maintenance and adherence to academic policy. She earned both her doctorate in educational psychology and master’s in communication studies from West Virginia University, and a bachelor’s in communication studies from Canisius College.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Gabriel Marshall, Ed.D., joined SUNY Oswego as the new associate vice president for Student Affairs on July 5, 2022.
His duties include direct responsibility for four units—Student Engagement and Leadership, Campus Events and Conference Services,
Campus Recreation, and Student Orientation and Family Engagement. He provides visionary and strategic leadership to ensure that vibrant, inclusive and educational opportunities abound for student engagement.
He most recently served as assistant vice president and senior advisor for student success and retention at Buffalo State College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Daemen College; a master’s degree and certificate of advanced study in counseling from SUNY Brockport; and his doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College.
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