Chancellor Zimpher Highlights Leading Higher Education Journalists Participating In SUNYCON 2016

October 25, 2016

New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today highlighted leading higher education journalists participating in the university system’s sixth annual SUNYCON, which will explore "The Forces Shaping the Future of Higher Education" this week in New York City.

"One of the prominent forces shaping the future of our sector is the media who cover higher education nationally," said Chancellor Zimpher. "To include the unique voice of the media at SUNYCON, the titles of this year’s panel discussions have literally been ripped from the headlines, and in many cases, the authors are serving as moderators or panelists. We are thankful that so many leading journalists will take the time to delve deeper into the state and future of higher education with us."

Members of the media participating in SUNYCON are:

  • Susan Arbetter, Director, News and Public Affairs, Host of The Capitol Pressroom
  • Ben Casselman, Senior Editor and Chief Economics Writer, FiveThirtyEight
  • Keshia Clukey, Education Reporter, PoliticoNY
  • Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News
  • Terry Gross, Host of Fresh Air, NPR
  • Sara Hebel, Assistant Managing Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Tyler Kingkade, National Reporter, BuzzFeed News
  • Melissa Korn, Higher Education Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-founder, Inside Higher Education
  • Jessica Luther, Independent Journalist
  • Josh Mitchell, Staff Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Christine Romans, Chief Business Correspondent, CNN
  • Benjamin Winterhalter, Features Editor, JSTOR Daily, contributor, The Atlantic

SUNYCON 2016 is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:           Thursday – Friday, Oct. 27-28
Agenda:       Available Online
Location:     The Times Center
                   242 West 41st Street
                   New York, NY

RSVP: Media planning to attend should contact to register for credentials.


SUNY developed SUNYCON, its Critical Issues in Higher Education conference series, to create a dynamic forum for conversations about the status and future of higher education among society’s stakeholders—scholars, academic leaders, business and industry, and policy makers. As the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, SUNY takes seriously its role in facilitating the idea exploration that empowers colleges and universities to master the social challenges of the 21st century. Since 2011, SUNY has convened the annual conference around a topic of pressing urgency in higher education, drawing hundreds of experts and participants.

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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