Statement From Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on President Obama's Visit

May 10, 2012

“Today it was my honor to join Governor Andrew Cuomo as SUNY and the Capital District welcomed President Barack Obama to the University at Albany.

“Our College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering served as an ideal backdrop as the President outlined his vision for rebuilding the American economy. SUNY’s role as a leading economic driver has been a beacon for job growth and for the preparation of tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce, helping to position New York as a model for the nation.

“It takes visionary leaders like President Obama and Governor Cuomo, responsible public-private partnerships, an engaged community, and a higher education network that is committed to meeting workforce demands to achieve what we have in New York. It is clear from my ongoing conversations with President Obama and the White House around college cost and preparing America’s next generation of innovators that he aims to bring these values to scale across the country.

“I commend President Obama for his strong leadership on economic development and his determined focus on creating – as we say here in New York – jobs, jobs, jobs.”

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