ACT President's Message

ACT President's Message

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Vita DeMarchi

Dear ACT Members,

Thank you for attending this year’s ACT annual meeting. We know that ACT members have demanding schedules and serving as council members and college trustees requires an additional time commitment – so thank you. The goal for our annual meetings is always to help you become even better advocates for public higher education by providing you with pertinent information on issues facing the broader spectrum of SUNY campuses and creating the opportunities for you to share experiences with one other. To that end, we are confident that this year’s “Tool Box Panels” will be helpful.  

It is a year of change at SUNY as we welcome Dr. Kristina Johnson as the system’s thirteenth chancellor. Leadership change offers opportunity for ACT and all of SUNY’s colleges and universities to demonstrate who we are, what we do best, how we contribute to the broader SUNY mission, and to consider our vision for the future. We look forward to the coming years and learning together what it takes to keep SUNY strong and relevant in the world.

The challenges in public higher education are complex and require a multidiscipline approach by diverse individuals to find solutions that make a difference in the lives of our students and the world they enter. As ACT members, we have a responsibility to be part of those solution discussions and to influence responsible change. In many ways the members of ACT are underutilized resources to SUNY and their colleges and universities. The diversity and professional mix of people comprising ACT is remarkable in that together we bring real-world business and public service experiences and opportunities to campuses. We are needed now more than ever to support public higher education and bring our expertise to the table. It is time for Council members and Trustees to be vocal advocates ACT-ing on behalf of their colleges’ and universities’ needs, as well as contributing to the collective strength of SUNY.

If you have ideas and interest in setting future ACT agenda’s, please be vocal and involved in the coming year. Your voice matters and can guide our direction. Then in turn, we can help guide the future of SUNY and make certain our colleges and universities are places that shape the future of the world.

Green regards,

Vita DeMarchi
A.C.T. President

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