Havlovic and Nixon Promoted
Long-time leaders in educational excellence and administration have been recognized with promotions at Alfred State. They include Dr. Stephen Havlovic, who has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs and Valerie Nixon who has been named executive vice president of Alfred State.
Dr. Stephen Havlovic, provost and vice president for academic affairs – Havlovic, who joined Alfred State in 2010, previously served as vice president of academic affairs at Alfred State. As provost, he is now responsible for a 250-member professional staff, including 150 faculty, and a $15.5 million annual budget. Havlovic oversees Alfred State’s schools of Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, and Applied Technology. He is a member of the SUNY Chancellor’s Transition Team for Academic Excellence.
Prior to joining Alfred State, Havlovic was dean of the School of Business at SUNY Institute of Technology (Utica/Rome), and served as professor of human resource management. He also served in administrative and teaching capacities at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater; Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia); and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Additionally, Havlovic has held international visiting academic appointments at the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (France) and DePaul University (Poland & Czechoslovakia). He is a Canada Trust Distinguished Teacher, and an award-winning author on the topic of coping with work-related stress.
Havlovic holds a doctorate in labor and human resources, a MLHR in industrial relations and personnel management; and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Ohio State University.
Valerie Nixon, executive vice president – Nixon joined Alfred State in 1987 serving first as director of financial aid. She assumed the role of vice president in 2005. In her new role, she oversees Alfred State’s $44 million budget and is responsible for the College’s Administration and Enrollment Division. She oversees admissions, student records and financial services, business affairs, human resources, facilities, the document center, and a staff of 177 employees.
Prior to joining Alfred State, Nixon was assistant director of financial aid at Alfred University. She held the same title at Rochester Institute of Technology and had worked as financial aid counselor at SUNY Brockport.
The recipient of several professional awards, Nixon has earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the NYSFAAA (New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association) Founder's Award, and has twice been named a recipient of the NYSFAAA Region 2 Service Award, and the SUNYFAP (State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals) Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows.
Nixon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s degree in community services administration from Alfred University. She serves as secretary and treasurer for SUNY Chief Enrollment Officers group and is secretary for SUBOA (State University Business Officers Association). Additionally, she is a member of two SUNY Committees: Financial Literacy and Cost of College and a new member of the SUNY Enrollment Management Committee.