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, 2019

Barbara Bartoletti

Legislative Director
New York State League of Women Voters
Albany, NY
Public Member
Term ends: June 30, 2019

Meg Benke, Ph.D.

Professor, School for Graduate Studies

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Term ends:  November 30, 2018

Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D.


State University of New York College at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Term ends: September 30, 2019

David Rhodes

School of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Council Vice Chair
Term ends: June 30, 2021

George Santiago, Ph.D.

Former President and CEO

TCI College of Technology

New York , NY

Term ends: June 30, 2019

Cynthia Zane, Ed. D.


Hilbert College

5200 South Park Avenue

Hamburg, NY 14075

Term ends: June 30, 2019

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

Office of Higher Education
Ex Officio



Last Updated: October 12, 2018