August 7, 2009

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SUNY chancellor continues Hudson Valley visits

Zimpher, left, gets acquainted

NEWBURGH – SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher toured SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge on Wednesday and on Thursday, she visited the SUNY Orange Campus in Middletown, but not before she addressed business people in Newburgh.

Zimpher said she is working on a long range plan for the SUNY system as it pertains to the economy and workforce.

“Where can we strategically look at the industry clusters that exist, their job demands and then make sure we are preparing the nurses, the accountants, the doctors, the teachers that these industries need and how can we get them to stay and live and work in the State of New York,” she said. “That’s a tall order, but I think if we get organized, we can do it.”

SUNY Orange President William Richard was impressed by what he heard. “I believe in my heart that she will accomplish everything that she said in terms of collaboration and moving the university to the next higher level of excellence.”

Orange County Chamber of Commerce President John D’Ambrosio is no stranger to SUNY. “I was with SUNY three decades ago and after hearing that speech, I might even wish I was there now,” he said. “This is the most exciting chancellor I have seen in the last 30 years.”

Zimpher was appointed SUNY chancellor this spring.


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