December 14, 2011

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SUNY New Paltz president seeks community support for the school

Christian: "... community support"

KINGSTON – To ensure the success of the SUNY New Paltz campus, the college will need the continued support of Ulster County, said College President Donald Christian. He addressed the Ulster County business community during an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Kingston on Tuesday.

“The success of the college depends very much on the support of Ulster County and the region,” said Christian. “In turn, I believe we enhance the Hudson Valley in many ways.”

He explained that especially now, when people are stressed financially, it is important for everyone to take advantage of what they have and share their resources.

“We have so much we believe that we can give to organizations in the region and at the same time we rely on companies and organizations to do things like provide internship opportunities for our students,” Christian said.

Despite budget cutbacks, Christian said he was confident that the college would be able to continue to achieve success in meeting their goals.

“We’re just tighter in everything that we do; we’re focusing more and more on our core mission, keeping a real effort on educating students in the best way that we can, and recognizing that we don’t have the same resources to support that mission that we did three years ago,” he said.

Christian added that regardless of the tough fiscal environment, SUNY New Paltz must continue to improve the quality and affordability of educational offerings in order to properly prepare students to thrive in the world.


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