Chancellor Zimpher Honored With The Distinguished Service Award For Community College Advocacy

March 30, 2017

Binghamton – Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, today received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her long-standing advocacy for community colleges in New York State and across the nation. The Faculty Council of Community Colleges presented her with the award during its spring meeting at SUNY Broome Community College.

Faculty Council of Community Colleges President Nina Tamrowski said, "The Faculty Council is very proud to recognize Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for her leadership and support of SUNY's 30 community colleges. Her commitment to cradle-to-career initiatives ties in perfectly with the mission of our open access community colleges, where students arrive after high school for liberal arts transfer programs and for workforce development or worker re-training. We are all things to many people and the Chancellor has reinforced New York State's and SUNY's support for this sector in many ways over her eight year tenure. She has been a champion for community colleges as well as for our faculty and students."

SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall said, "As the leader of the largest higher education system in the country, and as a dedicated, active member on so many national higher education boards, Nancy’s commitment to our community colleges is unwavering. Nancy supports our students through targeted, proven academic programs; she advocates for further state and private funding for our campuses; and she serves as a catalyst for partnership between our colleges and New York State’s businesses. My heartfelt congratulations to Chancellor Zimpher on this much deserved honor."

"A high school degree was once the ‘finish line’ in education, but with just one percent of jobs created today offered to high school graduates, postsecondary education has become essential, driving career success for our students and workforce development for our state," said Chancellor Zimpher. "Community colleges are the gateway for more than half of SUNY’s current students and they continue to play an increasingly important role in today’s society, as they bring higher education within reach for all. It has been my honor to build awareness and encourage support for our community colleges and to have had a strong partner in the FCCC."

The Distinguished Service Award, created in 1987, honors an individual who has proven to be an advocate of community colleges and their mission. Former recipients include state legislators, SUNY staff, trustees, and college presidents.

About the Faculty Council of Community Colleges

The Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) is the statewide faculty governance group for all of SUNY’s community colleges. For almost 50 years, FCCC has been representing New York State community college faculty and student interests. To learn more about FCCC, visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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