Two Faculty Members Receive 2011 Chancellor's Awards

May 9, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill Professor of Psychology Dr. Harald Abrahamsen and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment Jennifer Gray are recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, respectively. They will be recognized at the College’s 93rd Commencement on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m.


Abrahamsen has served SUNY Cobleskill for more than 40 years (continuously since 1971), first arriving on campus in 1966. In conjunction with the mission of the College, Abrahamsen was recognized for his “hands-on” method of teaching and learning and dedication to preparing students for success inside and outside the classroom.


In addition, Abrahamsen has been SUNY Cobleskill’s Employee Assistant Program representative for quarter century, a volunteer service role advocating for employees from CSEA, UUP, Council 82 and PEF. Trained in Lemon Law arbitration for the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, he has served as arbitrator for many cases and was honored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in 2008 with the Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding volunteerism in Tri-County Mediation.


Abrahamsen holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Early Childhood and Counseling from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the University at Albany, and a bachelor’s of science in Psychology from Harpur College at SUNY Binghamton.


Hired in 2004 as SUNY Cobleskill’s first full-time director of institutional research, Gray established new campus protocols and research practices that did not exist prior to her tenure. In recent years she has served as co-chair of the Middle States Self-Study Accreditation and on the steering committee for the Second Century Enterprise strategic plan, which was completed this past January. Through her efforts, Gray has increased SUNY Cobleskill’s use of technology in both institutional research and assessment, as well as created new and clear forms to guide the assessment and strategic planning process.


A respected member of the campus community, Gray serves on the Human Subjects Committee, is a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee, chairs the campus’ Assessment Committee and works closely with the registrar’s office and other academic departments.


Gray holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her bachelor’s of science in Child and Family Services at SUNY Plattsburgh.


The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.


Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.


Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion are bestowed to commemorate selection.