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

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