Advisers and Liasions


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Andrew Binder

Associate Director for Student Affairs

Andy Binder is the Associate Director of Student Affairs at SUNY System Administration in the Office of University Life. He is the primary SUNY administration contact and advisor for the SUNY Student Assembly, working closely with President Cohen. Andy serves as a resource for SUNY SA, helping to connect them with key staff at System and state-wide. He also works extensively with the SUNY SA conference planning team, helping to facilitate the process of securing venues, hotels, and contracts and coordinating key conference needs from System Administration.  In addition, Andy works with Dr. Droz on state-wide award events and conferences, helps provide important SUNY updates to SUNY student affairs professional organizations across the SUNY system, serves as a SUNY resource to student affairs professionals system-wide, helps address various student concerns that come in from across the state, and currently serves on the College Student Personnel Association of New York State’s annual conference planning committee. Prior to joining system administration, Andy has worked in campus activities and student affairs at higher education institutions for many years, including at Marist College, Hartwick College and most recently SUNY Empire State College. He is one of the over 3 million SUNY alumni, earning his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo, and Andy earned his Master’s Degree from The College of Saint Rose.

Thomas Mastro

Senior Advisor for University-Wide Policy

President Emeritus 

Thomas Mastro started his college journey as a student at Onondaga Community College in the fall of 2012. After spending a semester at OCC he transferred to SUNY Broome Community College for two years before moving on to Binghamton University where he is working to complete his degree in Human Development with a minor in Education. After completing his degree Thomas plans on applying to graduate school to further his education in the area of Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, with his end goal to be a senior administrator at a major research university. While at SUNY Broome Thomas was heavily involved with both his campus and the greater community. He was elected to serve as the President of the Student Assembly and Vice President of the Faculty Student Association. Thomas was also active with his campus’ Student Ambassador program, Judicial Review Board, College Assembly, Council for Operational Issues, and Council for Academic Issues. Thomas was elected Vice President of the Student Assembly in Spring 2014 and served in that role until he was elected President of the Student Assembly last Spring. Thomas recently earned his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and will be commencing a dual Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton. Since concluding his term, Thomas was granted the title of President Emeritus by unanimous vote of the Assembly and will serve President Cohen as Senior Advisor for University-Wide Policy in the coming year.

Email: thomas.mastro@sunysa.org.

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Elizabeth Droz, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Elizabeth Droz is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in SUNY’s Office of University Life. She and her staff oversee Child Care Services, Active Military and Veterans Affairs, Disability Services and Non-Traditional Student Services. Liz works closely with SUNY campus leaders and SUNY professional organizations that represent all campus programs related to student services and athletics. Liz organizes state-wide award events and conferences, as well as committees to address policy review, program development, substance abuse, student mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and general health and safety issues. Students are recruited to serve on these committees. Liz attends SUNY Assembly conferences and meetings. will work to connect the SUNY SA with SUNY resources and SUNY Administration professionals. Liz is also a licensed psychologist and has extensive campus experience.

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David Belsky 

Chancellor’s Liason to the Student Assembly

David Belsky is Director of Marketing & Creative Services at The State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Prior to that, David has been SUNY’s Director of University Relations, Director of New Media, and Special Assistant for Strategic Communications. David drives integrated marketing strategy for the SUNY system, serves as deputy spokesperson for the University and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, and coordinates the work of the Communications and External Affairs Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees. David oversees university-wide efforts in advertising, web, social media, multimedia, video production, emergency communications, and shared governance. Before joining SUNY System Administration in October 2009, David served as Director of Communications and Government Relations for the SUNY Student Assembly. David holds an MPA in Higher Education and Organizational Communication from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University. He is originally from Queens and, after several years in Albany, is now based out of New York City at the SUNY Global Center.