Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, 13th chancellor of The State University of New York, visited SUNY Optometry on Wednesday, December 13. She met with the College’s senior administration and faculty and toured teaching and patient care facilities.
Chancellor Johnson emphasized her passion for research, teaching and outreach and discussed her focus on SUNY’s innovation and entrepreneurial impact during her visit to the College.
“You have to have a certain amount of resources in order to get onto the curve where every dollar and every person is making an incremental difference within the organization,” said Chancellor Johnson, who is recognized for creativity and innovation in modern optics and co-founded ColorLink, Inc., which was sold to RealD, and is responsible for the 3D movie glasses technology used for films such as Avatar and Gravity.
The chancellor toured the University Eye Center’s patient care floors, including its vision rehabilitation and pediatrics services. She was also introduced to the Clinical Vision Research Center team and stopped by the College’s virtual reality simulation laboratory after reviewing floorplans for the new Center for Pediatric Eye Care.
Chancellor Johnson joined The State University of New York in September 2017 and is visiting the system’s 64 campuses.
“I am trying to understand, across the system, where’s the highest quality and where’s the highest opportunity to make the highest impact,” she said.
Immediately prior to joining SUNY, Chancellor Johnson was co-founder and CEO of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, a clean-energy infrastructure company focused on building and operating hydropower plants in North America. She has also served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.