Albany – The State University of New York,
in concert with state Senator Joseph Robach, SUNY Brockport classes of 1980/82,
and Member of Assembly Sam Hoyt, Buffalo State College class of 1992, have
formed the SUNY Legislative Alumni Caucus - bringing together the 51 current
members of the state legislature who are alumni of the State University. Senator Robach and Assemblyman Hoyt are the Caucus
of the caucus is to create a cohesiveness between SUNY alumni legislators and
the University to reconnect them with their alma mater, and the University as a
whole, to continue the dialogue that began when they were students, with the
goal of providing a better understanding of role SUNY plays in public higher
education through its educational offerings, research, and cultural and
outstanding education I received at SUNY Brockport prepared me to meet the
challenges I face everyday as a state Legislator,” said Sen. Robach. “A SUNY
Legislative Alumni Caucus will help to focus attention on the important role of
public higher education in preparing our students for the demands of the global
economy and to address many other issues such as enhancing SUNY’s impact on the
state economy. I am very happy to be able to play a part in leading the SUNY
of SUNY alumni in the Legislature has increased from five in the early 1960’s
to more than 50 today,” said Member of Assembly Hoyt. “Strengthening the voice
of SUNY in the Legislature will help our campuses achieve their educational,
research and public service missions. As a proud alumnus of Buffalo State
College, I am pleased to help lead this important initiative.”
The caucus will provide a forum for our legislators to
discuss issues that are relevant and timely in affecting higher education and
educational programming. The inaugural event for the Caucus was held Monday, Jan. 28, at the
state Capitol and was hosted by Carl T. Hayden, chairman of the SUNY Board of
Trustees and the Interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark.
greatly appreciates the support of our alumni in the state Legislature,” said
Chairman Hayden. “More formal and consistent dialog with our Legislative
Alumni Caucus means a greater understanding of all that our campuses do in
terms of educating our students and conducting the research that will advance
the state economy. I thank Senator Robach and Assemblyman Hoyt for leading our
want to thank all of the Caucus members for joining with us and offer special
appreciation to Sen. Robach and Assemblyman Hoyt for their commitment to lead
the SUNY Legislative Alumni Caucus", said Chancellor Clark.
"Bringing together the 51 alumni Legislators is long overdue and we are
pleased to have formed what we believe is the first in the nation legislative
caucus dedicated to a specific higher educational institution."
conversations with SUNY Alumni in the Legislature made clear the need for
forming the Caucus to bring together legislators with a common thread,” said
Michael Trunzo, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations.
“With better communications, the University can be more responsive to their
needs and concerns, and more efficiently convey our ideas and initiatives for
enhancing the education we provide our students and the impact SUNY has on the
local communities and their economies.
additional information, please view the member listing: SUNY Legislative Alumni Caucus.
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