SUNY Chancellor Honors Emerging Student Leaders

November 19, 2012

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced the recipients of the system’s first SUNY Emerging Leader Awards.

“We are proud to offer this new award, which recognizes SUNY students who have proven to be leaders in the areas that SUNY has identified as the driving tenets of its own strategic plan,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Our first group of emerging leaders has set the bar high for future honorees, decreasing campus energy use, promoting a charitable blood drive, and even helping usher local students through the GED and community college enrollment processes. Congratulations to all of our emerging leaders.”

The Emerging Leader Award honors students who have best demonstrated significant leadership within their campus and community based on one or more of the six Big Ideas included in SUNY’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY: SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century, SUNY and the Seamless Education Pipeline, SUNY and a Healthier New York, SUNY and an Energy-Smart New York, SUNY and the Vibrant Community, and SUNY and the World.

This award is meant to recognize current emerging leaders and provide an incentive for them to continue to develop their leadership skills throughout their college career and beyond. To be eligible for the award, students must have had a grade point average of at least 3.0 and be nominated by leadership on their campus.

Seventeen students from 14 SUNY campuses received the award in its inaugural year. A list of recipients is available online.

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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