Chancellor Zimpher To Share “Stand With SUNY” Message with Syracuse Business Leaders

December 16, 2015

Statewide Campaign Urges Support for SUNY’s Investment and Performance Fund, Renewal of NYSUNY 2020 

Syracuse – State University of New York of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher tomorrow will share the #StandWithSUNY message at a joint meeting of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO) and the Manufacturers Association of New York State (MACNY).

Chancellor’s Zimpher address is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:        Thursday, Dec. 17
Time:        3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:   SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Room 129
                 2 South Clinton Street
                 Syracuse, NY

The goals of the #StandWithSUNY campaign are to secure increased state investment for SUNY in order to:

  • Build base funding for the system’s state-operated campuses, community colleges, statutory campuses, and teaching hospitals;
  • Grow the Investment and Performance Fund so that SUNY can bring evidence-based programs to scale; and
  • Extend NYSUNY 2020 to continue the challenge grants for campuses and keep tuition-setting authority with the SUNY Board while ensuring tuition flexibility by college sector.

About CenterState CEO
The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity is a regional business leadership organization, chamber of commerce, and economic development strategist, based in Syracuse, New York. Centerstate CEO represents 2,000 members of all sizes and serve as the primary business resource and catalyst for development in a 12-county area, advocating for smart business, facilitate regional growth and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem solving.

The Manufacturers Association of Central New York is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 association representing almost 330 businesses and organizations across Upstate New York. As an association of manufacturers, about three-quarters of MACNY's members are industrial companies. The remaining members include accounting firms, insurance agencies, law firms, financial institutions and others. They belong to MACNY primarily to network with and serve manufacturers.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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