Buffalo – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today discussed economic development and
the role of women at the Western NY Network for Women Leaders in Higher
Education Spring Conference.
“With the launch of our strategic plan last April, SUNY has been keenly focused
on its inevitable role as a leader in New York State’s economic recovery,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “As this leadership role continues to take shape, so too
does the role of our campus-community partnerships and groups like the WNY
Women Leaders in Higher Education. How we work together will be critical to our
achievement of economic stability for New York.”
The role of higher education
in economic development is the overarching theme of SUNY’s strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, which was
launched in April 2010 and provides a roadmap for the system’s development over
the next decade.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has
made it clear that he envisions SUNY as an economic driver for New York State
as well. Earlier this year, he called for the creation of regional economic
development councils across the state and asked SUNY to provide leadership for
each of them. And just this week, he and Chancellor Zimpher announced NYSUNY
2020, which will make SUNY a catalyst
for job growth throughout the state, strengthen the academic programs at its
four University Centers and demonstrate that New York is open for business.
SUNY is embedded in every
community in New York State – 93 percent of New Yorkers live within 15 miles of
a SUNY campus and virtually 100 percent live within 30 miles. In many
communities, SUNY is also the region’s largest employer.
Today’s discussion is one of
many Chancellor Zimpher has conducted across New York State in the past year as
SUNY implements its Strategic Plan and forges partnerships with community
groups, businesses and economic development organizations. To date, she has
discussed SUNY’s role in economic development at the Crain’s Breakfast Forum in
New York City; with the Business Council of New York State, Economic
Development Council of New York State, New York Council of Mayors and the New
York State Association of Counties. She’s also talked with various business
associations, chambers of commerce, and other interested groups in Albany,
Clinton, Fulton, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Warren,
and Westchester counties, as well as in the cities of Buffalo, Syracuse and
Rochester, and in the Hudson Valley.
The Western New York Network for Women
Leaders in Higher Education is dedicated to helping women succeed through
networking, mentoring, and professional development. The group has been
actively planning inclusive professional development programs for women
administrators for more than 20 years.
About the State University of New
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around
the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu