Sold-Out SUNYCON 2015 to Feature Industry Leaders on “A New Business Model for the Academy”

October 22, 2015

Guest Speakers Include Alan Alda, Chris Hughes, Donna Shalala, John Mackey, Ted Mitchell, Marissa Shorenstein, & More

New York City – The State University of New York fifth annual “Critical Issues in Higher Education” conference, which brings together thought leaders in higher education, business, and philanthropy, is now sold out to participants. Media are encouraged to register for SUNYCON 2015, which will be held next week in New York City.

The conference, centered on the theme Building a New Business Model for the Academy: Partnerships, Affiliations, Mergers & Acquisitions is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:         Thursday – Friday, Oct. 29-30
Agenda:     Available Online
Location:   The Times Center
                 242 West 41st Street
                 New York, NY
Twitter:     @SUNY; #SUNYCON

RSVP: Media planning to attend any part of the conference should contact to register for credentials. 

SUNYCON 2015 will feature a dynamic agenda of panelists and speakers, including Alan Alda acclaimed actor, director, writer, and Stony Brook University Visiting Professor; Chris Hughes, publisher & executive chairman, New Republic; Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), chancellor, University of Texas System; Donna Shalala, president & chief executive officer, The Clinton Foundation; John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market; Ted Mitchell, U.S. Under Secretary for Education; Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T President for New York; Roger Ferguson, president & CEO, TIAA-CREF; and Eva Moskowitz, founder & CEO, Success Academy Charter Schools; as well as higher education leaders, representatives, and media from throughout the country.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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