August 5, 2009

EDITORIAL: In Dr. Zimpher, SUNY has a staunch advocate


•  Teacher retentions.

•  Contributions to the arts in all of the SUNY communities. The North Country is blessed with an active and industrious arts presence apart from SUNY, but the colleges certainly broaden the arts experience with their multifarious offerings.

•  An educated populace, which makes communities better managed and more civic minded.

•  An increasingly "green" conscience. SUNY campuses have the capacity to be leaders in this endeavor throughout the state.

•  A positive influence in the economic revival of the state in a variety of ways, including educationally and by continuing a level of spending throughout the state.

As for the relatively recent debate among SUNY trustees and elsewhere over whether SUNY's emphasis should be on accessibility to all or academic exclusivity, Zimpher said the system needn't feature only one or the other but instead offer a quality education accessible to all.

She is an engaging, engaged leader with a sound resume. In Plattsburgh, at least, the new chancellor got off to a terrific start.

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