Edward Summers

Chief of Staff, Union College


In his role as Chief of Staff, Edward manages the day to day operations of the President’s Office, works on special projects assigned by President Ainlay and has primary responsibility for the Board of Trustees. The Office of Institutional Services also reports directly to Edward.

Appointed to Union College as President Ainlay’s Chief of Staff in October 2011, Edward has more than seven years’ experience as an executive-level administrator supporting the work of a college president. He holds a B.A. from Marist College, where he majored in Political Science, as well as an M.P.A. degree from Marist. Edward is currently completing his work for a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy at Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy, a division of the New School University. Prior to joining Union, Edward worked as an Assistant to President Dennis Murray at Marist College. In addition to providing executive-level support to the president, he served as an adjunct professor of public administration and policy, director of Marist Africa Programs, and program director for Presidential Referral Scholars. He led student groups to South Africa and Ghana, overseeing work with nongovernmental organizations.

Edward has been active in the Hudson River Valley area, serving on a number of boards (e.g., President of the Board of Directors for the Catherine Street Community Center, Protect the Dream Youth Programs, Dutchess Outreach, and Treasurer for the Board of Directors for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill).