Dr. James A. Frost

This is the eighth in a series of profiles of the 2012 SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association award winners, who will be honored at Reunion Weekend June 1-3.


Dr. James A. FrostDr. James A. Frost of Simsbury, Conn., will receive the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association’s 2012 Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service Award in recognition of his leadership in public higher education and his contributions to SUNY Oneonta as a teacher, administrator and philanthropist.

Dr. Frost came to Oneonta in 1947 as a professor of history. He was soon promoted to Dean of the College, and in that role, was one of the key administrators overseeing a period of rapid expansion in both the college’s campus and its academic programs.

Dr. Frost left SUNY Oneonta in 1964 to accept a vice chancellor position with SUNY Systems Administration until 1972.  He went on to become the chancellor of the Connecticut State University System from 1972 until his retirement in 1985. When he retired from the Connecticut State University System, he was lauded by academic colleagues and the governor of Connecticut for his leadership to public higher education.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut State University System Foundation.

The author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles focused on New York State history, Dr. Frost has remained involved with SUNY Oneonta over the years, returning to campus numerous times and making the college one of his highest priorities for charitable giving.  He has personally endowed six scholarships in memory of family members and a colleague who was one of his mentors.