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Chandra McKenzie is an RIT alumna with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.S. in Instructional Technology, as well as a Masters in Library and Information Science (M.L.S.) from State University of New York at Buffalo.

She joined RIT library in 1977 as Assistant to the Head of Circulation. She was promoted through a series of appointments to Associate Director. She was the Move Coordinator during the 70,000 sq. ft., $8.7 million dollar library building renovation project.  While in this role, she managed the reference services department, and also administered the RIT Archives and five other functional areas including Circulation, Inter-Library Loan, Cataloging, Electronic Resources, and Marketing.  Together, with Director Patricia Albanese, McKenzie also served as co-project manager for the creation of the café, Java Wally's.

McKenzie became Assistant Provost and Director of RIT Libraries in 2002. She immediately initiated new programs and services including, the Publishing and Scholarship Support Center and the Idea Factory, which featured the Meet the Author’s speaker series.  In 2005 McKenzie received the Deaf Professional Advisory Group’s Award of Excellence.
In 2006 the RIT Libraries received the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, a national award sponsored by Blackwell’s Book Services and The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The award recognized the staff of a university, college, or community college library for programs delivering exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of an institution and acknowledges the staff’s collaboration and innovation in particular. RIT Libraries was the first in the Rochester region and only the second library in New York State to earn this distinction. In 2010, after contributing to the successful merger of RIT Libraries with Teaching and Learning Services to form the new Wallace Center, McKenzie was appointed to a position outside the library.

As Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs McKenzie helped establish communication pathways and behind the scenes processes for RIT’s three year Conversion to Semesters project, and from 2010-2012 also led several functional groups through their work on various aspects of this project. Representing Academic Affairs, from 2011-12 she worked with the Student Information System project team, and throughout both projects, also provided administrative support for Institute Advising as the university’s new advising model was being implemented. From 2010-2013, McKenzie led a Provost-funded project team called Book·Bag. The team created an easy-access, efficient discovery platform to aggregates RIT course assets, library collections and other RIT information. In June 2013, Book·Bag’s Research Network was awarded the Campus Technology Innovators Award for outstanding innovation in the category of teaching and learning.

Recently, McKenzie has been asked to guide the university’s new and already existing initiatives relating to its multi-layered connections into the K-12 community. In this role, she administers the Office of K-12 Programs, and is working to establish the University Center for Engaging K-12.  UCEK will coordinate, support, promote, and advocate for RIT initiatives that positively affect pre-college youth through outreach and enrichment activities that contribute to their education and through our research endeavors that seek to broaden knowledge about children.

Chan. is also a published poet and spoken word artist well known in the community for her work.

The Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs reports to the Provost and Senior Associate Provost working to enhance RIT’s educational mission. The Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs is responsible for:

  • Planning and managing strategic and tactical development of an RIT K-12 initiative.
  • Strategic and tactical support of the calendar conversion process
  • Directing the development team of a funded, special project called, BOOKBAG.
  • Overseeing the Office of the Provost website
  • Provost delegate: Academic Affairs Space Committee and other critical academic initiatives

Chandra McKenzie
Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs
2121 Eastman Bldg
12 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-2566

Carole Miller
Sr. Staff Assistant
2141 Eastman Bldg
12 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-5605