SAIL Institute Staff

Jason E. Lane

Jason E. Lane

Executive Director

Professor Jason E. Lane is the founding executive director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute as well as Chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the State University of New York at Albany. He has extensive experience leading multi-campus transformational change initiatives in higher education and is a recognized expert in system thinking and development.

An award winning author and invited speaker, Dr. Lane’s scholarly expertise focuses on the leadership and governance of higher education, particularly as it relates to the emerging relationship between higher education, policy and politics, and globalization. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports; and published 12 books, including Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education, Higher Education Systems 3.0, Multi-National Colleges and Universities: Leadership and Administration of International Branch Campuses, and Building a Smarter University.

Previously, he served as Deputy Director for Research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government as well as Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for the State University of New York, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of academic, economic, global, and leadership initiatives across the system.

He is a founding faculty member of Penn State’s Academic Leadership Academy as well as System Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Council on Education and the National Association of System Heads. He has served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES); Council for International Higher Education (CIHE); the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES); SUNY Korea; and Taking Student Success to Scale (TS3), a consortium of 23 systems working to leverage evidenced based practices to improve student success.

Prior to her role as the Assistant Director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL), Carolyn Mattiske served as the Research Foundation for SUNY Learning and Development Manager. She was responsible for managing the training needs throughout the 17,000 employee enterprise. She collaborated with subject matter experts to assist with the development of training plans and determination of appropriate training delivery methods, tools and technology solutions. She managed from their inception, Learning Tuesdays, a monthly 90-minute live streaming webinar training series, as well as a mentoring program and leadership academy.
Carolyn was also a stand-up trainer and curriculum developer for the University at Albany’s Professional Development Program (PDP) specializing in food stamp and welfare fraud detection policy. Carolyn earned two degrees from the University at Albany, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and minor in communications as well as a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technologies. She currently serves as a board member and Vice President for Special Events for the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Talent Development. She is a busy working wife and mother of two wonderful children, Owen and Evelyn. In her free time she loves to ski, practice hot yoga and read.

Jessica Walton is Leadership Development Assistant at the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute. Prior to accepting her position at SAIL, Jessica served as an International Fellow for PeacePlayers International–Cyprus (PPI-CY). PPI-CY is a nonprofit, sport for development organization that uses basketball as a tool to unite, educate and inspire young people to create a more peaceful world.

During her fellowship, she taught basketball, fostered peace and friendships between young people in conflict communities and contributed to the development of PPI-CY’s local and international leadership development programs.

Jessica graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a BA in Communication and competed for Saint Rose’s Women’s Basketball team. Following her undergraduate studies she received an international athletic scholarship to the University of East London, where she completed her Master’s in International Law and Criminal Justice.

Garry Sanders is a Leadership Fellow with the SAIL Institute and an executive coach serving both individual leaders and teams in all industries, with a focus in higher education. He is Principal of AssistLeadership, LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting firm, and sees his mission as a coach as being a ladder–a steady presence to help clients as they discover their strengths and courage, and to serve them as they transform themselves and their organizations.

He was trained as an executive coach at Georgetown University, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation. Garry is a Leadership Coach for the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a collaboration between Georgetown University and Arizona State University, and he coaches higher education leaders across the country.

He is a product of the State University of New York, having received his baccalaureate from the University at Buffalo and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany. He is a certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle Profile™ Certification for Individual Leaders and Teams, a 360 degree assessment tool. He is a trained facilitator of the Professional Strengths, Values and Story Survey™ designed to help people understand what is most meaningful and motivating to them in their work lives and how to leverage these strengths for the good of their institutions and teams.

Garry served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Research Foundation for SUNY, and began his career as a United States Presidential Management Fellow. He has served as a faculty member for the National Council of University Research Administrators’ Executive Leadership Program and focused training for NCURA on leadership style and influence.