Empire State College Student Lori Mould Sworn In As SUNY Trustee

June 9, 2014

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees today welcomed Empire State College Student Lori Mould, who was sworn into her one-year term with the Board at a ceremony held in Albany today. Mould is the first ESC student to be elected president of the SUNY Student Assembly and to, therefore, serve on the SUNY Board.

A 51-year-old native of Delavan, N.Y. who returned to school after 27 years after a career in construction, Mould will graduate from ESC this month with a B.A. in art and a GPA of 3.9. She also earned two associates degrees from Genesee Community College.

“It will be a privilege and honor to serve alongside Lori Mould in the year ahead,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “As a student at two of our campuses and within the Student Assembly, Lori has gained a great deal of knowledge about SUNY, and our student body, to complement her experience as a member of New York’s workforce for more than 25 years. Lori will bring a unique perspective to our table, and I look forward to working with her.”

“Ensuring that the viewpoints of our students are heard by the Board of Trustees and incorporated into its actions throughout the year is a critical component of SUNY’s mission,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Through her service in our communities and on our campuses, Lori has shown great ability and enthusiasm for leadership, and I am confident that she is going to serve as an excellent representative on behalf our students across the state.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent SUNY’s almost half a million students across New York State,” said Mould. “As students of the largest and most comprehensive system of higher education in the country, we have a unique chance to move the dial on many critical issues facing students not only here at home but around the nation. I look forward to working closely with all of our student leaders, as well as with Chancellor Zimpher and Chairman McCall to ensure that the students have a voice on the Board.”

“It is an honor to be here today and to offer congratulations on behalf of Empire State College to Lori Mould as joins the SUNY Board as the student trustee,” said Merodie A. Hancock, president of SUNY Empire State College. “As a former construction worker, business owner and grandmother of two, Lori represents a growing population in higher education: nontraditional students. As president of SUNY’s statewide nontraditional college, I am proud that Lori has earned the right to advocate for all SUNY students as president of the SUNY student assembly and as the student trustee. She has been a great advisor on student issues during my first year as president and I am confident she will be an outstanding ambassador and advocate for the entire SUNY system.”

The next meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 17, 2014. Mould will serve a one-year term on the SUNY Board of Trustees, until May 31, 2015.

About Lori Mould
Lori Mould will graduate from SUNY Empire State College this spring with a B.A. in art, with a concentration in photojournalism and documentary production, and a GPA of 3.9. She earned two associate degrees from Genesee Community College, where, in 2008, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students attending two-year colleges. In 2010, while still at GCC, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for the first time.

She organized a Hurricane Sandy rebuilding trip to Staten Island and has organized more than 30 trips to the Gulf Coast for recovery and rebuilding efforts post Katrina and Rita. Mould presented her work at the 2013 Student Academic Conference, where it was selected for inclusion in SUNY’s annual showcase of student research.

Mould’s artwork was selected for display at the 2012 and 2013 GVC alumni, student and faculty exhibit and one of her photographs was selected for inclusion in the college’s 2012-13 calendar.

Mould co-chairs the college’s Student Affairs Committee and serves on the College Senate, the Alumni Federation Board, and the Student Activity Fee Committee.

She has one son, Joshua, 32, a daughter-in-law, Jamie, 29, and a two granddaughters, Autumn, 6, and Anaka, 2.

About the SUNY Student Assembly
The Student Assembly of the State University of New York is an organization of student leaders elected by their peers from all SUNY campuses. The Student Assembly is committed to empowering SUNY students throughout New York State and nationally as well as ensuring the highest quality of student life on each of the system’s 64 campuses.

The Student Assembly president is elected annually in the spring by his or her peers from across the SUNY system. In addition to serving as president, the student elected also serves as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees with full voting privileges, as well as a voting member of the board for the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

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 suny.edu.

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