Last week, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) confirmed Dr. Kristina Johnson as SUNY Chancellor. She will succeed Nancy Zimpher, who will step down in June.

Dr. Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country. She previously served as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration, and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Gov. Cuomo called Dr. Johnson “an exceptional talent who brings an extensive record in higher education, the sciences, and the private sector to the SUNY community.”