SUNY Board Establishes Distinguished Academy

March 28, 2012

Brockport - The State University of New York Board of Trustees today established the SUNY Distinguished Academy, which will be comprised of all active faculty at any of the system’s 64 campuses who hold a distinguished rank, as appointed by the Board.

“The SUNY Board of Trustees has proudly honored more than 900 extraordinary faculty with appointment to various distinguished faculty rank since 1963, and establishment of the academy will take this time-honored tradition to a new and much deserved level,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall.

“It is only fitting that SUNY bring together its distinguished faculty to help raise the bar for academic excellence throughout the system,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By establishing the academy, the Board paves the way for increased contribution to the SUNY mission on behalf of this group, and expands its honor of their extensive accomplishments.”

Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 921 faculty to distinguished ranks, as follows: 305 Distinguished Professorships; 275 Distinguished Service Professorships; 336 Distinguished Teaching Professorships; and 5 Distinguished Librarian Professorships. Of those, 425 faculty are still active within SUNY.

Past recipients have included Nobel laureates and winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and a Distinguished Librarian who, as a Fulbright Scholar in the country of Cyprus, accomplished what no other scholar or librarian has been able to do since 1974 by bringing the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot academic communities closer through overcoming ethnic and political conflicts.

For more information about SUNY’s faculty award program, please click here.

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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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