Statement from SUNY Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Stanley Congratulating UAlbany President Rodríguez

October 3, 2022

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"SUNY joins University at Albany in applauding President Havidán Rodríguez for being named to President Biden’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics.

Those of us fortunate to know Dr. Rodríguez have seen firsthand how he has not only elevated the stature of UAlbany in its entirety, but has made inclusive leadership central to the University’s mission.

Dr. Rodríguez’s data-driven approach to providing a path to academic excellence and personal fulfilment for Latino and Latina students was recognized by UAlbany's recent receipt of the coveted Seal of Excelencia – the first time such certification was granted to any public or private New York college or university.

Dr. Rodríguez is not only dedicated to SUNY’s mission of providing all students with a world-class education and ensuring they receive the support necessary to pursue their dreams, his work at the helm of SUNY's Hispanic Leadership Institute has helped to elevate dozens of professionals into positions of leadership across our 64 campuses.

We congratulate Dr. Rodríguez – an exceptional leader and an enthusiastic champion for higher education – for this appointment and know his expertise will serve the commission well."


Declaración de la Junta Directiva de SUNY y del Canciller Interino Stanley felicitando al Presidente de UAlbany Rodríguez

"SUNY se une a la Universidad de Albany para aplaudir al Presidente Havidán Rodríguez por ser nombrado miembro de la Comisión Asesora del Presidente Biden sobre el Avance de la Equidad Educativa, la Excelencia y las Oportunidades Económicas para los Hispanos.

Aquellos de nosotros afortunados de conocer al Dr. Rodríguez hemos visto de primera mano cómo no solo ha elevado la estatura de UAlbany en su totalidad, sino que ha hecho que el liderazgo inclusivo sea central para la misión de la Universidad.

El enfoque basado en datos del Dr. Rodríguez para proporcionar un camino hacia la excelencia académica y la realización personal para los estudiantes latinos y latinas fue reconocido por la reciente recepción de UAlbany del codiciado Sello de Excelencia, la primera vez que dicha certificación se otorgó a cualquier colegio o universidad pública o privada de Nueva York.

El Dr. Rodríguez no solo se dedica a la misión de SUNY de proporcionar a todos los estudiantes una educación de clase mundial y garantizar que reciban el apoyo necesario para perseguir sus sueños, sino que su trabajo al frente del Instituto de Liderazgo Hispano de SUNY ha ayudado a elevar a docenas de profesionales a posiciones de liderazgo en nuestros 64 campus.

Felicitamos al Dr. Rodríguez, un líder excepcional y un entusiasta defensor de la educación superior, por este nombramiento y sabemos que su experiencia servirá bien a la comisión."

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