SUNY Brockport Names New Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Martin Abraham portrait

SUNY Brockport has announced that it has hired Martin Abraham, PhD, as its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Abraham will begin his position in mid-June.

Abraham currently serves as Professor of Engineering & Technology at Western Illinois University, where he also had been Provost and Academic Vice President (2019-2021) and Acting/Interim President (2019-2020). He will succeed Linda Delene, PhD, who has been serving as interim provost since July 2021.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Martin Abraham will be joining SUNY Brockport as our new provost. He brings a wealth of experience in administrative leadership, including academic program development, building community partnerships, and student retention initiatives,” said Brockport President Heidi Macpherson, PhD. “His experience at regional comprehensive universities, particularly involving learning technologies, enrollment growth, and strategic planning, will serve Brockport well.

“I also want to thank Linda Delene for her service and leadership during the past year. She has guided the College through several important initiatives and is handing over a strong foundation to Dr. Abraham.”

Prior to Western Illinois, Abraham was at Youngstown State University from 2007-2019, including positions as Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He also has worked at University of Toledo and University of Tulsa.

“I am honored to be chosen to serve as the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Brockport,” said Abraham. “I am excited to be returning to New York and getting to know the Brockport community and am looking forward to working with President Macpherson, faculty, and staff to ensure that SUNY Brockport continues to provide outstanding academic programs and an exemplary student experience.”

A fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Abraham is a leading scholar in green energy and sustainability with more than 100 publications and 200 presentations around the world.

Abraham received his BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his PhD from the University of Delaware, with both degrees in Chemical Engineering.

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