Chief Business Officers’ Leadership Academy

Mentor Biographies

Michelle Halstead

Michele Halstead began her career at SUNY New Paltz in 1990 as assistant director for accounting services.  She was promoted to director of accounting services in 1999, to assistant vice president for Administration in 2002, then to vice president in 2013.

Michele oversees all aspects of state procurement, accounting and budget, payroll, internal control, facilities operations and design & construction, sustainability, information technology & telecommunications, environmental health & safety, emergency management, conference services, food service and the campus bookstore.

Michele holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UAlbany and a bachelor of science in accounting from SUNY New Paltz.

Stephen Storck

Steve Storck served as interim Vice President for Finance & Administration for SUNY Geneseo in 2018-19.  In 2017-18, he served as Interim Chief Business Officer at Xavier University.  His career included serving as Vice President and CFO at Ashland University.  He also served as Sr. Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration for Kent State University and chief financial officer for Otterbein University, Heidelberg University, and Lycoming College for a period of 22 years during which time he gained applicable experience in various financial and administrative areas.  His education includes a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University, an MBA from York College, and a B.S. in Accounting from King’s College.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s College of Business Management Institute and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Wendy C. Gilman

Wendy C. Gilman earned an S.B. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career included stints as a high school math teacher, contract analyst for a federal procurement agency, and work with small businesses and school districts. Ms. Gilman has worked in public higher education since 1994, starting as a budget analyst at SUNY System Administration and eventually becoming Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget, Policy, and Analysis. She has served as the Vice President for Business and Finance and RF Operations Manager at SUNY Cobleskill since 2016; in March 2018, she also began serving as the Executive Director for the SUNY Cobleskill Foundation.


Bio coming soon!