Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Leadership Changes at U.S. Department of Education

October 2, 2015

"With Arne Duncan’s announcement of his imminent departure as Secretary of Education, America loses a true champion of students and an advocate for the vital role parents and communities play in improving education across the nation. Like SUNY, Secretary Duncan saw education as a door for opportunity and bedrock of citizenship, and pushed us all to keep equity at the forefront of what we do. His leadership ensured innovation was at the forefront of the department’s work and his efforts to regain our foothold as “first in the world” is sure to be looked back on as a hallmark of his tenure.

"We are fortunate that President Obama has chosen John King, Jr. to serve as acting secretary for the remainder of his term. John was a strong partner during his time as education commissioner here in New York and understands the importance of approaching education as a pipeline from cradle through career. He was keenly aware of SUNY’s critical role in preparing our state’s teachers and workforce, and encouraged new approaches to teacher preparation. We look forward to engaging with John to continue Secretary Duncan’s legacy of higher standards to promote college and career-readiness for all students."

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