Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on $4 Million Gift to Buffalo State College

December 9, 2016

"The Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College is one of the most advanced and professional in the country, and these characteristics were quickly recognized by the Garman family as they developed a relationship with SUNY faculty and students in recent years.

"Congratulations to President Conway-Turner and the entire Buffalo State College community on this extraordinary gift, which will provide students with increased access to the college’s internationally-recognized art conservation graduate program."

Additional information about the $4 million gift can be found online.

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