Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

July 18, 2014

Albany – “As Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Dr. Jim Malatras was System Administration’s chief operating officer and a senior advisor who helped oversee a  $10 billion enterprise with smart administrative management and stewardship of taxpayer and tuition dollars. Under his leadership we are on the precipice of returning $100M in overhead costs to the classroom, resolving the crisis at Long Island College Hospital, and enacting lasting reforms that make SUNY more efficient, transparent, and a better product for students and families. Jim has led our efforts to support the Common Core standards and has been an invaluable advisor and friend. I look forward to a continued strong partnership with Governor Cuomo as Jim begins his important new role as Director of State Operations.  Jim is a natural leader and manager and his experience at SUNY, the largest system of public higher education in the country, has helped hone the skills he will need in this exciting and well deserved endeavor. While his departure is bittersweet, we wish him all the best and I can say personally that I know of no one more qualified or prepared to deliver real results for New Yorkers as he assumes his new responsibilities.”

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