Meet the SAIL Institute Team

Dr. Jason E. Lane

Executive Director

Dr. Jason E. Lane is the founding executive director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute as well as Chair and Associate Professor 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.

Carolyn Mattiske

Associate Director

Carolyn Mattiske serves as the Associate Director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership Institute, which aims to support higher education leaders through programming and services throughout SUNY and beyond. Over the past two years, Carolyn has led operations of the SAIL Institute expanding its offering of programs and services to include: a CIO Leadership Academy, Department Chair Summits, a Winter Leadership Retreat, one-day leadership development workshops throughout the state, free online webinars, student leadership programming, and much more. Carolyn plays a lead role in administering SAIL’s signature programs, including the Executive Leadership Academy and Summer Leadership Program.

Prior to this she worked at the Research Foundation for SUNY as their Learning and Development Manager. Carolyn has served as 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. In her L&D role at the RF, she was responsible for managing the training needs throughout the 17,000 person organization.

Carolyn earned two degrees from the University at Albany, including a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and minor in communications as well a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technologies.

Dr. Scott Vinciguerra

Leadership Development Associate

Dr. Scott Vinciguerra is responsible for the development and delivery of leadership development programming for the SAIL Institute. A former educator and administrator in public and higher education, Dr. Vinciguerra brings over 20 years of experience leading people and organizations to exceed their potential.

His presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences are hallmarked by his ability to engage with others through an authentic and transparent disposition. He has twice presented research at the internationally prestigious Learning & The Brain Conference, sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and the Harvard University Faculty Club. The author of three books on leadership, he is a consultant to a multitude of organizations and businesses, as well as Olympic athletes in areas of mental preparation and peak performance.

Manik Elahi

Student Assistant

Manik Elahi is a rising senior at the University at Albany, SUNY, pursuing a baccalaureate degree – majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Leadership. Manik has a diverse professional background – he is currently serving his second term as Chief Strategist for the University at Albany Student Association Inc. He also served as Trustee on the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees representing the interests of 12,000 students and responsible for the passage of a $111 Million operational budget. He also graduated from HVCC in 2017 with an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems.

Adding to his experience, he has formerly worked at the SUNY Student Assembly, International Red Cross Federation, and the HVCC Student Senate. Immediately before joining the SAIL Institute, Manik was working in the Office of New York State Lt. Governor Kathleen C. Hochul in Albany, NY. Manik hopes to add on to the leadership development efforts by the SUNY SAIL Institute in the higher education space to positively impact the 600,000 students of SUNY and beyond.