Kevin Railey, Secretary

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. John Fisher College, Dr. Kevin Railey is responsible for academic leadership and administration in the areas of planning, developing, implementing, and assessing all academic programs and services. He provides leadership and supervision for the College’s School of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; Wegmans School of Nursing; Wegmans School of Pharmacy; the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education; Lavery Library; and numerous areas of academic affairs. In addition, he is a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Senior Staff.


Before joining Fisher, Dr. Railey served as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Buffalo State College, a role he had been in since 2007.  In that role, he guided the College’s efforts by leading initiatives to advance scholarly and creative pursuits; led and coordinated initiatives to accomplish strategic and academic goals; served as administrative liaison and organized efforts for the application to achieve the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement; and managed a comprehensive professional development program for campus constituents.  In addition, as graduate dean, he worked with the deans of the four schools to advance the vision of graduate education at Buffalo State. 


He has received several awards for his work including the President’s Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Equity and Diversity in 2003, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2005, and the Muriel A. Howard Award for Service Leadership in 2016.


Dr. Railey received a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.