College in Potsdam hires new CFO/VP for business affairs
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 2:34 pm

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam has appointed J. Eric Johnston-Ortiz as its new vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer.

He has years of experience as an accomplished finance officer for public higher education institutions, according to a press release from the college.

"I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to work at SUNY Potsdam. It is truly a welcoming environment. I appreciate the confidence that President Esterberg has in my abilities and I look forward to providing leadership and direction for the campus, as we work to strengthen SUNY Potsdam's financial position," Johnston-Ortiz said.

Johnston-Ortiz comes most recently from from Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell, where he was the vice president for business affairs from 2008 to 2017. He has also held chief financial officer roles at the University of Minnesota Crookston and at New Mexico State University Alamogordo. Prior to that, Johnston-Ortiz was the director of finance and administration at the Alliance for Higher Education, and an administrator and business manager at Brown University and the Louisiana State University Health Science Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans.

Johnston-Ortiz earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and completed his master of business administration degree at the University of New Orleans.

Johnston-Ortiz was selected following a national search, and reports directly to SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin Esterberg. The vice president for business affairs serves as the college's chief financial officer, overseeing the budget and coordinating facilities management and capital planning.

In addition to the budget and facilities areas, Johnston-Ortiz will also oversee human resources and payroll, student accounts, procurement, environmental health and safety, Computing and Technology Services, Central Printing Services, and Potsdam Auxiliary and College Educational Services (PACES).