Advisory Council

The Regents Advisory Council on Institutional Accreditation is a key external accreditation group composed of ten voting members who are educators and public representatives. Its purpose is to review applications for accreditation and renewal of accreditation of New York colleges and universities voluntarily seeking accreditation by the Regents and the Commissioner, pursuant to Part 4 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, to establish eligibility to participate in HEA Title IV student aid programs. The Council also reviews such other matters as the Department may ask it to review and makes recommendations to the Regents and the Commissioner based on its review. It also advises the Department on institutional accreditation procedures, standards, and policies [§3.12(d)(1) of the Regents Rules].

The Advisory Council typically meets twice a year to review all applications for accreditation and renewal of accreditation that are submitted to it by the Deputy Commissioner. The organization, procedures and responsibilities of the Advisory Council are set forth in its Bylaws. Council members are:

Russell K. Hotzler, Ph.D.

New York City College of Technology

The City University of New York
New York, NY
Council Chair
Term ends June 30, 2016

Barbara Bartoletti

Legislative Director
New York State League of Women Voters
Albany, NY
Public Member
Term ends: June 30, 2016

Meg Benke, Ph.D.

Professor, School for Graduate Studies

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Term ends:  November 30, 2018

Jeremy Haefner, Ph.D.

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY 

Term ends:  April 30, 2017


James Hayward, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.
Stony Brook, NY
Public Member
Term ends: April 30, 2018


David Rhodes

School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Council Vice Chair
Term ends: June 30, 2018

George Santiago, Ph.D.


Briarcliffe College

Bethpage, NY

Term ends: June 30, 2016

Gillian Small, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
The City University of New York
New York, NY
Term ends: June 30, 2016

Cynthia Zane, Ed. D.


Hilbert College

5200 South Park Avenue

Hamburg, NY 14075

Term ends: June 30, 2016

John L. D'Agati, Ph.D.
Deputy Commissioner

Office of Higher Education
Ex Officio

April 2014


Last Updated: August 3, 2015