Enterprise Risk Management Overview

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a coordinated approach to assess and respond to all risks affecting the achievement of an organization’s strategic, financial, operational, compliance, and reputational objectives. It is a management practice essential to advance the University’s strategic plan, Building a Better Brockport.

The University strives to embed ERM into all its operations through a framework that ensures decisions trading value and risk will be made on an informed basis and be aligned with institutional risk tolerance and strategies.

The University’s management of risk will be consistent with the SUNY’s Enterprise Risk Management Program Policy.

Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee Charge

The Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee was established October 2, 2017 and is charged with providing leadership for university-wide risk management and overseeing the development of an enterprise-wide Risk Register to identify and prioritize risk mitigation priorities annually.

A common language for managing risks will be established with a balanced view – one that attempts to minimize hazards, influence and control uncertainties, and manages opportunities.

Membership will consist of the senior level managers of the primary operational and compliance functions of the University to assure that risk management decisions are aligned with University operations, made on an informed basis and shared across the institution.

The SUNY designated Campus Risk Management Officer (Vice President for Administration and Finance) will serve as chair of the Committee.

The Committee will advise the President’s Cabinet and the Joint Planning and Budget Committee (JPBC) semi-annually on the full range of risks faced by the University.

Committee Member Selection Process

The Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee is comprised of the following members, as recommended by the Chair, including shared governance representation from College Senate and student(s) referred by Brockport Student Government (BSG):

  • Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (staff to committee)
  • Assistant Vice President for Communications
  • Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
  • Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC) Representative
  • Brockport Student Government (BSG) Representative
  • Chief Information Officer, BITS
  • College Senate Representative
  • Director of Business Affairs, REOC
  • Director of Facilities Maintenance & Operations and EHS
  • Emergency Manager (staff to committee)
  • Enrollment Management Representative
  • Executive Assistant to the VP for Administration & Finance (staff to committee)
  • Facility and Event Manager, Brockport Downtown
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance (Chair)
  • Vice Provost

Committee Roster

Name Title and Division/Area
Julie Caswell Director, Facilities Maintenance & Operations (FMO) and EHS

Jackie Clark, Chair

Vice President, Administration and Finance; Campus Risk Management Officer

Steve Cook Interim Chief Information Officer, BITS
Eileen Daniel Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Peter Dowe Enrollment Management Representative; Registrar
John Follaco

Assistant Vice President for Communications, University Communications

Tammy Gouger Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Kim Heyward Director of Business Affairs, Rochester EOC (REOC)
Anna Hintz BASC Representative; Assistant Executive Director
TBA BSG Representative; Student
Karen Logsdon Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs
Fred Rion Emergency Manager, University Police
Lisa Robusto-Mack Facility and Event Manager, Brockport Downtown
Laurie A. Smith, Staff Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Administration and Finance
Jeff Thompson  College Senate Representative; Assistant Director, BITS

Duties and Responsibilities

The Committee will:

  • Advise the President’s Cabinet and the Joint Planning and Budgeting Committee on all matters related to Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Design a comprehensive and common-sense approach to manage risk across the entire organization; to include a risk register approach that incorporates measurement methodologies to quantify, compare and prioritize institutional risks against the University’s willingness to tolerate.
  • Assess campus risk management strategies on an ongoing basis to assure they remain current with regulatory, operational and legal changes as well as business objectives.
  • Retrospectively review incurred financial or operational losses and prepare recommendations or corrective action plans for future prevention.
  • Increase the University’s risk intelligence – meaning how it gathers information about risks and analyzes, applies and learns from the results.
  • Be the point of communication to the SUNY ERM Program Office.


The Committee will meet bi-monthly, or more frequently if deemed necessary. Subject matter experts will be invited to attend, as needed.