Binghamton University Student Thomas D. Mastro Sworn In As SUNY Trustee

May 27, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees today welcomed Binghamton University student Thomas D. Mastro as the Board’s newest member. Mastro is a junior at BU, studying Human Development.

As a result of his recent election by his peers as president of the SUNY Student Assembly, Mastro will also serve as voting member of the SUNY Board. Before his election, he served as vice president of the Student Assembly.

“It is always an exciting occasion when we welcome a new student trustee to our table, and today is no exception,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “The voice of our student body is critical to the Board’s discussions and policy-making decisions. It is my honor, on behalf of the entire Board, to welcome Tom and to thank Lori Mould for her contributions to the Board over the past year.”

“I can see that Tom is going to bring an important and insightful perspective to the SUNY Board, having attended three of our campuses throughout his higher education and seeking a career in college student affairs,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I look forward to working with him over the next year, as SUNY continues its work to provide all students with higher degrees of access, completion, and success.”

“SUNY students should be proud of the role we play in university governance, and I am humbled to be sworn in today as the next student trustee,” said Mastro. “I look forward to representing the student body and working with Chancellor Zimpher and Chairman McCall to ensure the student voice is heard and considered as we all work together to build the best State University possible.”

The next meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 16, 2015. Mastro will serve a one-year term on the SUNY Board, until May 31, 2016.

About Thomas D. Mastro
Mastro started his SUNY experience as a student at Onondaga Community College in fall of 2012. After spending a semester at OCC, he transferred to SUNY Broome Community College to finish two years at a Community College. Tom is currently a student at Binghamton University and is in the Human Development program. After completing his degree, he plans on applying to Binghamton University’s dual masters program in Public Administration and Student Affairs Administration, with the goal to work at the college level in the area of student affairs.

While at SUNY Broome, Mastro was active in the community and on campus, serving as the president of the Student Assembly, and vice president of the Faculty Student Association. He was also involved with the Student Ambassador Program, Judicial Review Board, College Assembly, Council for Operational Issues, and Council for Academic Issues.

About the SUNY Student Assembly
The Student Assembly of the State University of New York is an organization of student leaders elected by their peers from all SUNY campuses. The Student Assembly is committed to empowering SUNY students throughout New York State and nationally as well as ensuring the highest quality of student life on each of the system’s 64 campuses.

The Student Assembly president is elected annually in the spring by his or her peers from across the SUNY system. In addition to serving as president, the student elected also serves as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees with full voting privileges, as well as a voting member of the board for the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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