Board of Trustees: Merryl Tisch

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch headshot

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch was appointed Vice Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees on March 6, 2018. She first joined the Board on June 21, 2017. Her term on the Board expires June 30, 2020.

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch is one of the nation's leading voices on education, having served at the helm of New York State’s governing body for education from 2009 to 2016. As Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, Dr. Tisch was responsible for setting the state’s education policy and overseeing both public and private education throughout New York.

 Dr. Tisch was a member of the Board of Regents for twenty years and held the position of Vice Chancellor from 2007 to 2009. Her policies were informed by years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy, including her work as a first-grade teacher at New York City’s Ramaz School and the B’nai Jeshurun School.

She currently holds a number of philanthropic and civic positions, including serving on the board of the International Rescue Committee and as co-chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a leading social services agency. In addition, Dr. Tisch is on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and acts as the Met’s representative on the Public Design Commission. She also sits on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Citizens Budget Commission, and serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York and the Graduate School of Education’s Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tisch founded the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 2008.

She earned a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and received an Ed.D from Teacher’s College, Columbia University

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