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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May. 6, 2013

Union picks statewide officers, Executive Board members
UUP delegates elect Kowal President


ALBANY
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Representatives to United University Professions’ 2013 Spring Delegate Assembly have elected Fred Kowal as UUP’s new president. Kowal, of Warnerville NY, is a professor of social sciences at SUNY Cobleskill. He will succeed Phillip H. Smith, who is retiring after serving as UUP president since Feb. 9, 2008. Kowal will begin his two-year term as president on June 1

Kowal has been UUP Chapter President at SUNY Cobleskill twice, serving from 1993 until 2003 and again from 2011 to the present. He also served as UUP’s statewide Membership Development Officer from 1999 to 2003 and as a member of the union’s statewide Executive Board from 1995 to 1999 and again from 2012-13.

Since Kowal had one year left in his term as a statewide Executive Board member, his election to the presidency created a vacancy for a one-year term. Delegates elected Michael Lyon of Memphis (NY), an associate professor of otolaryngology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, to fill Kowal’s remaining term on the board.

The 330 delegates attending the assembly in Albany on May 3 and 4 also elected two other statewide officers to two-year terms.

Eileen Landy of Clifton Park, who is on leave from SUNY College of Old Westbury as an associate professor of sociology, was re-elected to a seventh term as UUP’s statewide secretary.

Edison Bond of Brooklyn, a senior staff associate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was elected to his first full term as UUP’s Membership Development Officer.

The following three members were re-elected to two-year terms on UUP’s Executive Board:

David Curry of Plattsburgh, a professor of nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh;

Laura Rhoads of Potsdam, a professor of cell physiology at SUNY Potsdam and president of UUP’s Potsdam chapter; and

Arthur Shertzer of East Setauket, a senior staff associate at SUNY Stony Brook and president of UUP’s Stony Brook chapter.

Newly elected to two-year terms on UUP’s Executive Board were:

Darleyne Mayers of Freeport, an Educational Opportunity Center staff associate at SUNY Farmingdale;

Lori Nash of Oswego, an adjunct instructor in philosophy at SUNY Oswego;

Yolanda Pauzé of Bellport, an instructional support specialist in advertising and design at SUNY Farmingdale;

Anne Wiegard of Groton, an English lecturer at SUNY Cortland; and

Beth Wilson of Rosendale, a lecturer in art history at SUNY New Paltz.

Photos of the officers and Executive Board members are available upon request.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 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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