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February 10, 2009

Statement by Phillip H. Smith,
President of United University Professions
Regarding Selection of New SUNY Chancellor

“Dr. Nancy Zimpher is credited with guiding the University of Cincinnati through tough fiscal times. She will need to draw upon those same skills to lead the State University.

“Based on her resume, we are optimistic she will bring the steady leadership that is so vital to SUNY, as it faces the serious financial challenges caused by state budget cutbacks. We look to her to act as a strong advocate for the University’s students and faculty, and ensure we have the resources to continue providing access to affordable, quality public higher education.

“UUP stands ready to work with Dr. Zimpher to send the message that SUNY is the solution to improve our state’s economy.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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