President, James Baldwin | Excelsior College

James Baldwin


  • BA, Political Science, Union College
  • JD, Albany Law School
  • EdD, Organization and Leadership, Columbia University, Teachers College

About Dr. Baldwin

Dr. James N. Baldwin was appointed president of Excelsior College in October 2016. His administration will focus on providing adult learners with continuing education, degree completion, and career readiness opportunities while affirming the institution’s commitment to its core values of academic integrity, accessibility, and affordability.

Baldwin joined the College in September 2014 to serve as the institution’s executive vice president, bringing extensive leadership experience, professional credentials, and a highly regarded reputation to the position. Prior to arriving at Excelsior he served as CEO and district superintendent for Questar III BOCES, where he led the agency in the development of innovative and cost-saving programs and services and was responsible for the oversight of 23 school districts in the region on behalf of the commissioner of education. He also served as chief of staff and acting deputy commissioner for higher education in the New York State Education Department and as executive deputy secretary of state for New York. He is admitted to the bar in New York State and the U.S. District Court.

Baldwin is Excelsior’s third president since its founding in 1971.

Upon Dr. Baldwin’s retirement from the College on July 31, 2020, David Schejbal, PhD, will become the next president of Excelsior College.