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Sanborn, N.Y.—SUNY Niagara has appointed Alissa Shugats Cummings vice president of student services. Cummings had served as an interim in that post since July 2023.

An alumna of SUNY Niagara, Cummings has held various positions there over the course of more than 20 years. As vice president, she leads the college’s efforts in enhancing students’ experiences, administering admissions, financial aid, intercollegiate athletics and several other functions.

“I am enthusiastic about continuing my legacy of student-centeredness in this role,” Cummings said. “As a SUNY Niagara graduate myself, I know first-hand that we have enormous capacity for changing lives, and am committed to providing necessary support to students however and whenever they need it. I take great pride in leading the Student Services team in improving the student experience and supporting the college’s mission.”

SUNY Niagara President William Murabito said Cummings has brought to the position a deep understanding of the supports that help students succeed.

“Alissa has been a key member of SUNY Niagara’s leadership team,” Murabito said. “Her expertise in recruitment practices, retention and student wellness have contributed to the college’s recent gains in enrollment. I know she will
continue to be an asset in this important role.”

Besides earning an associate degree at SUNY Niagara, Cummings holds a master’s degree in higher education administration and bachelor’s degrees in English and linguistics. She currently is pursuing a doctorate at the University at Buffalo.

Zachary Rohde
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-6794