Stephen Charles Ainlay became the 18th President of Union College on July 1, 2006. He also serves as the Chancellor of Union University, whose member institutions include the Albany College of Law, Albany School of Medicine, Albany College of Pharmacy, Union Graduate College and the Dudley Observatory. He holds a faculty position as Professor of Sociology at Union.
Before joining Union, President Ainlay spent 23 years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. At Holy Cross, he was a Professor of Sociology and held a number of positions in the administration, including the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.