Albany – The New York State Senate confirmed
Governor David A. Paterson’s nominee, Eunice Ashman Lewin, as the newest member
of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
Lewin, a 30-year member of the Buffalo Board of Education and its Committee on
Special Education, is appointed to a term that will expire June 30, 2016. She
replaces Michael Russell, who served on the Board since 2005.
“I am pleased
at the Legislature’s confirmation of Eunice Lewin to the SUNY Board of
Trustees,” said Governor Paterson. “Ms. Lewin’s diverse experience in the field
and deep understanding of all levels of education will be a tremendous asset to
the Board. On behalf of Chancellor Zimpher, Chairman Hayden and the entire
Board of Trustees, we welcome her and look forward to her work with SUNY.”
“I want to
express my gratitude to Governor Paterson and to the state Senate for the
appointment and confirmation of Eunice Lewin,” said Board Chairman Carl T.
Hayden. “SUNY is very fortunate to have Eunice Lewin, a University at Buffalo alumna, join the Board of Trustees. Her professional work with the school children
of Buffalo and her decades of community service in Western New York make her
ideally suited to join the Board. I would also like to thank Trustee Michael
Russell for his many years of outstanding service to SUNY.”
Lewin is an excellent addition to the SUNY Board of Trustees and I thank
Governor Paterson and the State Senate for her appointment,” said
Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As a bilingual social worker in Buffalo, Eunice Lewin understands how important and often how difficult it is to keep
children in school. Her experience and wisdom will add to the diversity of the
Board and help us confront challenges while seizing
“I am very
grateful to Governor Paterson and the New York State Senate for the confidence
they have placed in me,” said Trustee Lewin. “As a SUNY alumna, I am looking forward
to working with my colleagues on the Board and with Chancellor Zimpher as we
advance public higher education throughout New York.”
Senate confirmed the Governor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon Feb. 2, 2010.
of Trustees is the governing body of SUNY. The Board consists of 17 members, 15
of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York
president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the president
of the University Faculty Senate serves as an ex-officio and non-voting trustee.
Trustees serve on a voluntary basis without compensation for terms of seven
Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin
Trustee Lewin has been employed as a bilingual social worker for the Committee
on Special Education at the Buffalo Board of Education. Previously, she
volunteered at Buffalo Catholic Charities in 1976, before being employed there
for three years as a Social Worker and later obtaining a position with the Erie
County Department of Social Services in the Division of Child Protection.
Lewin serves on several Boards of Directors, including as commissioner of the
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, founding member of Roswell Park
Alliance, and member of Buffalo Urban League, Hispanic United of Buffalo and
Canisus College Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Erie County
Chapter of Links, Hispanic Women’s League and Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival
honored with the Ebony and Ivory Civic Award in 1994; inducted into The Western
New York Women's Hall of Fame on March 14, 2002; and received the Governor’s
Award for Excellence in Education in 2002; the National Conference for
Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award
in 2003; and the Marcus Garvey Community Service Award in 2004.
Lewin was born in Guantanamo, Cuba. Her family migrated to the United States in 1967. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City before moving to Buffalo in 1976. She obtained a
Master's degree in American and Puerto Rican Studies in 1978, and a Master's
degree in Educational Administration in 1989, both from the University at Buffalo.
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