University at Albany Student Marc J. Cohen Sworn In As SUNY Trustee

June 1, 2016

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees today welcomed University at Albany master’s student Marc J. Cohen, who was sworn in as the Board’s newest member.

As a result of his recent election by his peers as president of the SUNY Student Assembly, Cohen will also serve as a voting member of the SUNY Board. Before his election, he served as chief of staff of the Student Assembly.

"Marc is a leader amongst SUNY students, dedicating so much of his time to ensuring that their collective priorities are served by our university system," said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. "I am proud to welcome Marc to the Board, and look forward to his contributions on behalf of SUNY students."

"Marc comes to the SUNY Board as a proven student advocate, having served in a variety of capacities within the Student Assembly as well as other boards and committees throughout UAlbany and the Capital Region," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I am pleased to welcome him to SUNY Board of Trustees and look forward to our continued work together."

"I am honored to have been elected by my peers to represent their interests as President of the Student Assembly and a member of the Board of Trustees," said Cohen. "I look forward to working with students across the system, Chancellor Zimpher, Chairman McCall, and the entire administration of SUNY to ensure that the student voice remains powerful, respected, and independent."

The next meetings of the SUNY Board of Trustees are scheduled for June 21 and 22. Cohen will serve a one-year term that expires June 1, 2017.

About Marc Cohen
Cohen graduated Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2016 from the University at Albany with a degree in political science. He is continuing at UAlbany to work toward his master’s degree in Public Administration at Rockefeller College. Prior to being elected as president of the SUNY Student Assembly, he was chief of staff to former President Tom Mastro. He was also responsible for overseeing the Cabinet and serving as a liaison to various higher education boards and committees.

Cohen has been involved with the SUNY Student Assembly for the last three years, first as an elected representative on the Executive Committee and later as the senior director for External Relations, overseeing Legislative Affairs and Communications. At UAlbany, Marc has been a leader within the Student Association, serving as senator, director of Legislative Affairs, Chief of Staff, vice president, and most recently as the elected student representative on the University Council.

Cohen sits on a number of boards and committees including the Rockefeller College Dean’s Leadership Council, the University at Albany Auxiliary Services Board of Directors, and Purple and Gold Ambassadors. He is also a research fellow with UAlbany’s provost, an intern for New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and serves the College Democrats of America as the national Deputy Director of Development.

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

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