Onondaga Community College professor sworn in as new SUNY Trustee

July 1, 2015

ALBANY, NY – Nina Tamrowski, newly elected president of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and professor of political science at Onondaga Community College, was sworn in last week to the SUNY board of trustees.

Tamrowski’s two-year term as president of the Faculty Council begins July 1. Legislation passed in 2011 stipulates that the president of the Faculty Council is an ex-officio member of the board.

The board has a history of including faculty and student voices among its decision makers. The president of the University Faculty Senate, representing SUNY’s four-year schools, is also an ex-officio member and the president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee.

Tamrowski praised the SUNY board and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for their inclusion of faculty and students in policy-making at the nation’s largest public higher education system in the country. “I am privileged to be in this role representing community college faculty,” Tamrowski said. “Faculty expertise in determining curriculum and academic standards is ever-present in this model of shared governance.  Only through shared governance can we attain the best educational policies for our students and communities.”

About the Faculty Council of Community Colleges
The Faculty Council of Community Colleges is the statewide faculty governance group for all of SUNY’s community colleges.

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 suny.edu.

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