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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher to address Albany Roundtable

Chancellor of State University of New York will speak on February 12 

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 12. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

With nearly 463,000 students, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. The Chancellor will discuss SUNY’s economic impact, with a focus on The Albany Promise, for which she is a driving force and a co-convener. The Albany Promise is a regional, cross-sector partnership where community, business, and civic leaders in Albany are coming together to support a shared cradle-to-career educational vision and engaging in collective impact.

Chancellor Zimpher began her work at SUNY in 2009 with a statewide tour of SUNY’s 64 campuses. The tour served as the first phase of a systemwide strategic planning process, and the resulting plan, The Power of SUNY, was launched in April 2010, with the central goal of harnessing SUNY’s potential to drive economic revitalization and increase quality of life every community across New York.

As The Power of SUNY is put into action, Chancellor Zimpher is leading a diverse set of new initiatives at SUNY in several key areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline. She has also been a vocal advocate for groundbreaking legislative reforms that ensure SUNY can continue to provide broad access to quality, affordable public higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic development.

Prior to coming to SUNY, Chancellor Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the February 12 luncheon are required by Monday, February 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to