SUNY Chancellor Zimpher and SED Commissioner Elia To Announce Historic Partnership

May 17, 2016

11 a.m. Press Conference To Be Held at SUNY Plaza in Albany

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will announce an historic partnership tomorrow at a press conference in Albany. The chancellor and commissioner will be joined by New York State Master Teachers Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District, and Derek Pope, Commack Union Free School District.

A press conference will be held as follows:

Date:         Wednesday, May 18
Time:        11:00 a.m.
Location:   Small Courtroom, 3rd Floor Federal Building
                  SUNY Plaza
                  353 Broadway
                  Albany, New York 12246

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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