Chancellor Zimpher, Albany Promise Delegation To Attend White House Summit on Expanding College Opportunity

December 3, 2014

Washington, DC – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, University at Albany President Robert J. Jones, and Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, superintendent of the City School District of Albany, tomorrow will join the President, Vice President, and First Lady in Washington, DC for the second annual White House College Opportunity Summit.

Chancellor Zimpher will participate in a panel discussion at 9:15 a.m., emphasizing the important role of cradle-to-career partnerships between K-12 and higher education such as Albany Promise and others SUNY is a part of throughout New York State.

The summit, including Chancellor Zimpher’s 9:15 a.m. panel discussion as well as remarks by the President, Vice President, and First Lady, will be streamed live as follows:

Date:             Thursday, Dec. 4
Time:             9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About Albany Promise

Albany Promise is cross-sector partnership where community leaders in Albany, New York come together to support a shared cradle to career education vision. Albany Promise is made up of education, community, business, civic and philanthropic leaders. Partners have developed a cradle to career education vision, mission, and goals for the Albany community. Partners meet frequently to tackle some of the most pressing challenges and to take advantage of some of its biggest opportunities, such as aligning and leveraging existing resources. The partnership serves as a catalyst for working together, across sectors, and along the educational continuum, to drive better results in education.


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, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three 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 opportunities, visit

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