Chancellor Johnson Completes 64 Campus Tour with Visit to SUNY Corning Community College

September 20, 2019

Tour Showcases SUNY Corning’s Commitment to University System Goals

Stops at the Learning Commons, the Future STEAM Innovation Center, and the Health Education Center among Tour Highlights

Corning, N.Y. – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today concluded her 64 campus tour with a visit to SUNY Corning Community College. Accompanied by SUNY Corning President Dr. William P. Mullaney, Chancellor Johnson met with campus leaders, faculty, and students to discuss the campus’s important new initiatives and their alignment with SUNY’s ambitious, system-wide goals.

"Listening to the needs of our leaders, faculty, and students on campus is critical as I build on a vigorous and dynamic strategy for the nation’s largest university system," said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. "The tour has allowed me to discuss system-wide initiatives and see first-hand practices at work on campus. From our stop at the future Mechatronics Innovation Hub to our tour of the Learning Commons, I am pleased to see SUNY Corning’s commitment and focus on innovation, sustainability, and academic excellence as they prepare students for an evolving 21st century workforce."

Many of today’s conversations centered on helping students succeed. In her 2019 State of the University System address, Chancellor Johnson announced SUNY Achieve, a system-wide initiative to expand intensive, evidence-based academic supports that help students struggling with first-year courses. SUNY Corning has demonstrated a commitment to that mission by recently expanding access to and awareness of their on-campus academic support services. They first consolidated three separate tutoring locations into a centralized, collaborative, technology-rich section of the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library called the Learning Commons. They also began staffing tutors in residence halls to reach more students who may be struggling. 

With an extensive background in engineering and entrepreneurship, Chancellor Johnson was also excited to observe progress on the future STEAM Innovation Center. Through a $3.5 million partnership with Siemens, SUNY Corning is transforming Schuyler Hall into an energy efficient, cross-disciplinary space that prepares students for leadership roles in new and emerging areas of technology, design, and science. The space will house a new Mechatronics Lab and Innovation Hub where the campus will explore and expand public-private partnerships with local employers.

The tour began in the heart of downtown Corning at the Health Education Center (HEC). Similarly, this state-of-the-art facility is preparing students for emerging, high-wage heath careers, expanding the college’s nursing program, and contributing to Corning’s downtown revitalization.

"We were delighted to share SUNY Corning Community College with Chancellor Johnson today," said SUNY Corning’s President Mullaney. "We are a proud member of the SUNY system, which is a model for the nation, as evidenced by the vast network of successful alumni who always seem willing to open doors for our students. I am honored to lead a community college in the system and look forward to guiding future generations of SUNY alumni who are prepared to meet 21st century workforce needs."

About SUNY Corning Community College

More than 20,000 alumni have started their professional journeys at SUNY Corning Community College since its founding in 1957, with support from the Corning area school district. In the 1980s, SUNY CCC became the first regional community college in New York State. Today, SUNY CCC’s student body comes from all parts of the state, and the college is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY). As a SUNY school and a premier two-year college, SUNY CCC is committed to intellectual and personal growth; meeting the educational needs of the community through transfer, career, certificate, and training programs; and enhancing economic development. The College’s diverse population of full- and part-time learners enjoys a high-quality experience at an affordable rate, with an extensive range of educational, cultural, and social opportunities.

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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