SUNY to Convene National Thought Leaders on Collective Impact

October 28, 2014

Albany – The State University of New York this week will host its fourth annual "Critical Issues in Higher Education" conference in New York City. The conference, Higher Education Reconsidered: Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact, will explore large-scale change, the mechanics of change, and how to begin working together across sectors to drive collective impact.

"Collective impact is proving to be a game-changer across sectors and it is the direction that education is moving in as we navigate 21st-century challenges in our service to our students, our communities, and our world," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Understanding how this large-scale change is accomplished in other fields, such as healthcare, business, and the social sector, will help inform our own attempts to have a collective impact on education at every stage."

Dan Heath, a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center and co-author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:            Wednesday – Thursday, Oct. 29-30

Agenda:       Available Online

Location:     The New York Times Center
                    242 West 41st Street
                    New York, NY

Twitter:      @SUNY; #SUNYCON14

Keynote addresses by Chancellor Zimpher and Dan Heath will be streamed live, between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at

Additional thought leaders participating in the conference include:

  • James Kvaal, Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary for Education James Shelton
  • Carnegie Foundation President Anthony Bryk
  • Jeff Edmondson, StriveTogether Managing Director
  • Retired U.S. Navy Captain David Marquet
  • Jason Helgerson, State Medicaid Director and Department of Health Deputy Commissioner

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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