Chancellor Zimpher visits campus
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited the SUNYIT campus in Marcy today and was greeted by President Wolf Yeigh, faculty, students, staff and the public at a welcome reception in Kunsela Hall. Having taken office June 1, Zimpher has begun to fulfill her commitment to visit all 64 SUNY campuses in her first 100 days so she can meet with and learn from students, faculty, administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders on the future of New York’s public higher education system.
“We’re thrilled that our new Chancellor is visiting to see first-hand why SUNYIT is an important part of the Mohawk Valley and New York State,” Yeigh said. “Chancellor Zimpher’s dynamic leadership will ensure the continued growth and success of SUNYIT and the entire SUNY System.”
Zimpher said her tour of SUNYIT and all SUNY campuses marks the first step in creation of a SUNY-wide strategic plan, aimed at “making SUNY a public higher education model not only for the nation but the world.” The planning process will be a model for statewide collaborations – gathering suggestions, ideas and comments from thousands of stakeholders through town hall meetings, web conferences and other outreach. The plan is expected to be completed in the spring.
Zimpher and Yeigh toured the campus, visiting future construction sites for SUNYIT’s four funded buildings: a student center, field house, residence hall, and advanced technology center. They also discussed the Marcy NanoCenter at SUNYIT, 300 acres of campus property west of Edic Road being marketed for nanotechnology or other high-tech development by Mohawk Valley EDGE. Following the tour, students, faculty and staff and guests welcomed Zimpher to SUNYIT and the Mohawk Valley at a Kunsela Hall reception.
Zimpher was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1998-2003 and served as the president of the University of Cincinnati from 2003-2009 before agreeing to lead SUNY, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with some 440,000 students. SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies to nearly 3,000 students.
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