Educational Leadership in Tough Economic Times

November 11, 2010, 5:00 PM
Hemmerdinger Hall in the Silver Center
100 Washington Square East
New York University

Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor of the State University of New York

Now more than ever, a college degree matters. Yet our "college-to-work pipeline" continues to leak, and the poor financial condition of our states has led to diminished investment in public higher education. This trend compromises our ability to graduate students on time and limits our capacity as job creators. We know that there is an immense "return on educational investment" for states, but in this economic environment, we need to make our case more emphatically. In this call to action to education leaders, Dr. Zimpher will lay out the anchor role of higher education in the revitalization of our economy, and describe the strategic actions that will allow us to reach our potential as institutions and as a nation.

Nancy Zimpher was appointed the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York on June 1, 2009. She started her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in the Ozarks and has never lost her passion for providing accessible, quality education for every student. Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. 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.