Albany – Upstate Medical University Professor Carl P. Wiezalis
today participated in the SUNY Board of Trustees meeting as the first active
SUNY faculty member to serve on the board.
“Welcoming Carl Wiezalis to
the Board is an honor and a pleasure. Professor Wiezalis, as president of the
Faculty Senate, has demonstrated outstanding leadership and I look forward to
the benefit of his experience, expertise and wisdom,” said SUNY Board of
Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden.
“Carl Wiezalis is a tireless
advocate for SUNY, an expert in his chosen field, and a person of strong
character and integrity,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “I greatly
value and appreciate Carl’s wisdom and support. The faculty can be certain that
they are very well represented on the Board of Trustees.”
The president of the SUNY
Faculty Senate sits on the State University Board of Trustees as a non-voting
member. The legislation naming the SUNY Faculty Senate president to the board
became effective July 1, 2007.
“As the faculty
representative, I am delighted to join the State University Board of Trustees,”
said Wiezalis. “At the same time, serving on the Board is a humbling
responsibility. I will do all that I can to ensure the voice of the faculty is
heard and I look forward to working with all my colleagues on the board as we
advance teaching, learning, research and public service across the SUNY System.”
Wiezalis is a full
professor with the State University of New York at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse,
where he has served as professor of Respiratory Care and Cardiorespiratory
Sciences for 38 years, 27 years as department chairman. He is the
recipient of the Upstate Medical University President's Awards for Professional
Service and Affirmative Action and additional honors and recognitions.
Wiezalis is beginning his
second two-year term as president of the University Faculty Senate of the
State University of New York. In this capacity, Wiezalis serves as the
first active SUNY faculty member on the SUNY Board
of Trustees in the history of the University. The addition of the
University Faculty Senate President to the Board of Trustees was mandated
by supporting legislation passed by the state Legislature and signed into law
Wiezalis holds an
undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford and a graduate degree from Syracuse University. He
is a Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist with the New York State
Department of Health and the National Board for Respiratory Care.
He and his wife Sheila Kelly Wiezalis
are parents of five children, all of whom are SUNY alumni.
The University Faculty Senate
serves as a resource on governance for the University. It serves as a
deliberative body on educational policies for the SUNY System. In this capacity,
it issues publications such as handbooks, directories and reports on matters
such as budget, program revision and presidential searches.
The Board of Trustees is the
governing body of SUNY. It consists of 17 members, 15 of whom are appointed by
the governor, by and with consent of the state Senate. The president of the
Student Assembly serves as student Trustee. The president of the SUNY Faculty
Senate serves as a non-voting member. All members of the
Board serve on a voluntary basis and do not receive salaries for their
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York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
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on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu