Joseph B. Porter
Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs and General Counsel
Graduate, Albany Law School
Since August 2005, Joseph Porter has served as Vice President for Legal & Governmental Affairs and General Counsel of Excelsior College. Mr. Porter directs Excelsior's legal operations, participates in the administration of the College as a member of the executive staff and serves as secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Immediately prior to joining Excelsior College, Mr. Porter served in the New York State Education Department for twelve years, first as Deputy Counsel and later as Executive Director of the New York State Office of Teaching. During his years with the Department, Mr. Porter authored innovative regulations and legislation on a wide variety of education issues and led a series of teams responsible for implementing the Regents' education reform agenda. Mr. Porter also served as legal advisor to the Board of Regents' Task Force on Teaching as it drafted groundbreaking reforms of New York's standards for the preparation and certification of teachers.
Prior to his work at the Education Department, Mr. Porter served as Deputy Counsel and Legislative representative of the New York State School Boards Association where he advised and represented over 700 school districts in New York.
Mr. Porter began his career as General Counsel and Legislative Representative for the New York State Conference of Mayors where he advised and represented the mayor's of New York's cities and villages.
A graduate of Albany Law School, Mr. Porter also holds a Bachelor's degree in History and American Studies from Manhattan College in New York City.
Mr. Porter has lectured extensively around New York over the last twenty five years on a wide variety of education issues and served as Adjunct Instructor of Education Law in the Graduate School of Educational Administration of the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York from 1996 to 2010