ACT President's Message
The Association of Council Members and College Trustees of the State University of New York (A.C.T.) has begun the academic year strongly with a fulsome 42nd annual conference in October: full of attendees – campuses from across the state were represented; full of important presentations and discussions – including senior staff from System Administration addressing government relations, Open SUNY, and legal issues; and full of inspiration – the Chancellor’s message and especially the student scholarship award winners reminded us why we serve our colleges and the university as a whole. Officers were also elected at the meeting, and I am delighted to write my first President’s Message to you.
The conference attendance and the level of presentations and discussions were a clear indication of the work you do as a member of A.C.T. and on your campuses. As A.C.T. members, we provide important impact and a critical line of communication to System Administration, and our governance experience on our individual campuses provides them invaluable perspective. We have seen this in the past few years and we look forward to strengthening these ties.
Our core mission is to serve as advocates for high-quality public higher education by advising presidents on important campus issues, and encouraging inter-campus discussion and awareness of substantive issues at individual institutions and system-wide. Ongoing communication helps us fulfill that mission by updating everyone on items such as pertinent legislation and System Administration initiatives, and by soliciting your topics of concern and interest.
I want to thank Immediate Past President, Pierre Alric, for his vital leadership. The results are evident in everything I mentioned above. I also want to thank immediate past officers and the current ones, whose help and support will help us meet the challenges ahead. Finally, I thank you, all the Council members throughout the great Empire State, who are dedicated to keeping our university system at the top: serving students, educators, and administrators of all kinds, of all means, of all aspirations, who will make New York and the world a better place in which to live. I look forward to working with you.
G. Angela Henry