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SUNY Center for International Development Names Chief of Staff


Former NYS Senate official brings extensive experience in government and management

ALBANY - The State University of New York's Center for International Development (SUNY/CID), a university-wide institution that works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges, has named a new deputy to help manage a global operation with $29 million in projects awarded over the past two years.

"Jim Utermark brings years of hands-on experience in both the legislative and executive branches of New York state government and has worked closely with SUNY campuses and with SUNY/CID on a number of different projects. We are lucky to have him coming on board," said Director James Ketterer.

James Utermark, new principal deputy director and chief of staff, will manage the operations side of the Albany-based SUNY/CID institution that was awarded $29.1 million for projects in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Latin America since 2004. He will focus on staffing, budgets, administration, policies and procedures.

Utermark was director of student programs for the New York State Senate. He collaborated with SUNY/CID to launch the International Senate Fellow program in which Kennedy Chokuda, a staff member of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, spent six months working in the office of Senator George Maziarz in 2005. Another senate fellow from Zimbabwe arrived this month. The successful program is one of several SUNY/CID projects that link New York's governmental institutions and SUNY campuses to benefit the world community.

With a degree in political science from the University at Albany, Utermark began his public service career in 1989 as a graduate fellow with the New York State Senate. Following his work in the Legislature, he served as the assistant to the commissioner of transportation before moving to the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform. He also worked as a senior project manager for a major multi-discipline engineering consulting firm, the Louis Berger Group Inc., before returning to the New York State Senate in 2003.

Located in Albany, N.Y., the state's capital, SUNY/CID draws upon the State University's vast intellectual and technical resources and serves as a key component of the University's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development. The Center's approach is international and interdisciplinary, working as part of a global community of scholars, technical experts, government officials, and community leaders.

Since 1986, the Center has implemented more than $130 million in international development projects on five continents in the areas of democratization, economic development, and environmental policy. SUNY/CID is one of only five organizations nationwide that are able to compete for $100 million in USAID projects to improve the capacity and performance of foreign legislatures under the Deliberative Bodies Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) announced in May 2004.

The Center is among the world's most active university centers in international development, with implementation and research activities funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Information Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and several private grant-making foundations.

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