May 29, 2019

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Kowal makes case for transparency, SUNY funding

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UUP President Fred Kowal made a strong case for greater transparency in the SUNY campus research foundations, and for full funding of SUNY, in two May 28 interviews on prominent statewide media outlets.

Kowal, above, sat down with host Alan Chartock for a lengthy interview on WAMC’s “Capitol Connection.” You can listen to the "Capitol Connection" interview on demand by CLICKING HERE.

In his interview with Chartock, Kowal said that public education needs to be as much of a priority in the state as health care. SUNY has suffered relentless cuts to its state funding, at the campuses and SUNY's hospitals, since the Great Recession.

The union supports programs that increase access, but UUP has also spoken out against the lack of funding that defeats the purpose of that greater access. It does no good, Kowal pointed out, to make the dream of a college degree available to students without also guaranteeing that they can get the classes they need to graduate.

Kowal also spoke on the morning that Stony Brook University announced that President Samuel Stanley Jr. is leaving to become president of Michigan State University. “UUP would like a role in the interview process,” for Stanley’s successor, Kowal said, a statement that was later reported in Newsday’s story about Stanley’s departure.

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“When we look at the campus foundations, we don’t have any transparency,” Kowal, above, told Susan Arbetter, host of WCNY radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” in a live May 28 interview, as he explained why UUP backs a bill sponsored by Deborah Glick, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, which would mandate that transparency.

CLICK HERE to listen to the "Capitol Pressroom" interview.

Under the Glick bill, the campus foundations would be required to disclose details on finances, vendors and personnel.

“This bill would ensure we know who the staff are in the foundations, and what they are getting paid,” said Kowal, noting that California has successfully stipulated greater transparency for its campus foundations without impeding the work that they do.

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