President's Biography - SUNY Cortland

President's Biography

Erik J. Bitterbaum, Ph.D., president of SUNY Cortland since 2003, has overseen a campus transformation and expanded the College's relevance in the community, the region and the world.

A biologist, he has guided an unprecedented $250 million in new construction and renovation on campus, including a state-of-the-art science complex. President Bitterbaum deepened SUNY Cortland's role in the region through the creation of the Downtown Business Partnership, the Institute for Civic Engagement and the Innovation Center; initiatives that resulted in the rehabilitation and use of two vacant downtown Cortland buildings.

He is a commissioner of the national Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP), and he guided the College to achieve reaccreditation from NCATE and Middle States. President Bitterbaum also launched a new and ambitious strategic plan for SUNY Cortland.

He also serves on the NCAA Division III President's Council. During his tenure, SUNY Cortland's Division III athletic program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Under his leadership, the College entered a partnership with the New York Jets, which holds summer training camp on campus, boosting the regional economy by an estimated $5.8 million. He also launched a hugely successful $25 million capital campaign, the largest in SUNY Cortland history, which is in its final year.

President Bitterbaum previously served as president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg.