John Swann

  • Staff
  • Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • B248
  • Kunsela Hall
Phone Number
  • 315-792-7113
Fax Number
  • 315-792-7407
Picture of John Swann

John Swann is associate vice president and chief of staff at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT). Responsible for public affairs and communications, he provides advice and counsel to the president on internal and external communication, including government relations; works to enhance the reputation of SUNYIT and its constituencies through proactive media relations, advertising and student recruitment marketing, and community relations; and often serves as a spokesman for SUNYIT. He oversees the web development and publications departments, is part of SUNYIT's enrollment management team, and works to support a wide range of campus activities and major events. He has served as:

Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff (May 2013-present)
Interim Vice President for Administration (February-April 2013)
Director of Public Affairs/Chief of Staff (2008-2013)
Director of Public Relations and Communications (2006-2008)
Director of Public Relations (2000-2006)

His prior career as a broadcast journalist spanned the greater part of two decades. He served as news director at WUTR-TV in Utica from 1996-2000, and from 1984-1996, he held a number of positions at WIBX radio in Utica: operations director, news director, talk-show host, anchor, and reporter. His career as a broadcast journalist began in Missouri, where he was news director of KGMO radio (1982-1984) after working as a reporter and anchor at KIRX radio.

He is the author of "From the Mills to Marcy," the first published history of SUNYIT, and a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2009). His professional recognitions include two Hermes Creative Awards for writing (2009, 2013); awards from the Associated Press (1983, 1991) and the New York State Broadcasters Association (1991); and a number of community awards and honors. He was named to the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce's inaugural class of "40 Under 40" community leaders in 2000, received the American Heart Association's "Outstanding Involvement" award, and has served on the boards of the Mohawk Valley and Marcy Chambers of Commerce.

He holds a master's degree in information design and technology from SUNYIT and a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Truman State. He has taught and served as a guest lecturer at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica College and SUNYIT.


This directory lists SUNYIT community members who have an active SUNYIT account. Material found on directory pages is maintained by the individual users; SUNYIT does not assert any responsibility for content found herein. Information on how to obtain a SUNYIT account may be found on the ITS web site; alumni should view the Alumni Member Benefits page.