Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
unanimously voted to promote Michael C. Trunzo to the position of Vice Chancellor for Government Relations – System Administration. The Board took this action at
yesterday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Previously, Mr. Trunzo was senior
associate vice chancellor for university relations, overseeing federal, state
and local governmental relations, communications and public relations. Mr.
Trunzo will continue to oversee all university relations for SUNY System
SUNY Board of Trustees
Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “Michael has been a most effective advocate for
SUNY and has helped to advance the needs and accomplishments of the 64 SUNY
campuses and with our 212 state Legislators, their staffs and I was very happy
to see federal relations added to his portfolio. Michael’s promotion is well
earned and I congratulate him.”
Interim Chancellor Clark
said, “Since joining SUNY in 2002 to lead state relations, Michael’s
responsibilities have expanded to include federal relations. Michael is very
well regarded by our state and federal elected officials and their staffs and I
was pleased to recommend his promotion.”
In this capacity, Mr. Trunzo
serves as chief advisor to the chancellor and Board of Trustees for all state
and local government issues and system-wide public relations. He administers
the University’s strategic plan relative to government and public relations,
and oversees the following offices: Government Relations, Public Relations, and
Design & Printing.
He advises, develops, and
leads University-wide efforts involving policy positions and advocacy
strategies before the federal, state and local governments for the fiscal,
legislative and regulatory needs of SUNY’s 64 campuses. Mr. Trunzo coordinates
the University’s external affairs including public relations, town-gown
relations, marketing & communications, design graphics & publications,
and the University web site.
Vice Chancellor Trunzo said,
“I very much appreciate the confidence of the Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Clark. I look forward to continuing SUNY’s efforts in communications and governmental
affairs and to working more closely with the Board of Trustees.”
Mr. Trunzo recently re-established
the SUNY Washington D.C. office and attracted an outstanding staff in order to
better advocate for the universities needs while create new linkages to
congress to better inform the federal government on our views on national
policy effecting higher education.
As head of state relations,
Mr. Trunzo launched the SUNY Legislative Alumni Caucus, co-chaired by state
Senator Joseph Robach and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. The purpose 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 community
Prior to joining the State
University of New York, Mr. Trunzo served the Empire State Petroleum
Association, Inc., in Albany, as chief executive officer.
Mr. Trunzo has extensive
experience in state and local government. He served as chief of staff to the
New York State Lieutenant Governor and was executive assistant to New York
State Senator Kemp Hannon of Garden City, NY. He has also held senior positions
with the New York State Assembly and the Town of Islip.
Mr. Trunzo earned a B.A. in
Political Science in 1982 and a Masters of Public Administration degree in 1985
from Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus, Greenvale, New York.
Mr. Trunzo will receive an
annual salary of $180,000.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate
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