New SUNY chancellor visits Oswego
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Doctor Nancy Zimpher received a raucous welcome when she arrived at SUNY Oswego Wednesday, her first visit to the campus as the new chancellor.
"This is the largest, loudest welcome I have received at any campus so three cheers for Oswego!" said Dr. Zimpher.
"I know she feels really good about the university but there's always room to get better and in making a strategic plan for the future, really thinking deeply about it I'm sure that we will benefit from all of her wisdom," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley.
Part of the chancellor's visit included a forum where she took questions from students, faculty and staff about the future of SUNY schools. One issue discussed was tuition, which has become a hot topic with students since SUNY schools are seeing an increase in enrollment but a decline in state funding.
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"We have to increase the revenue base for the state. How do you do that? You create more jobs. Who does that? SUNY does that, you create a more skilled workforce so frankly it's an ecosystem and we have to be working together and that of course is my goal," said Dr. Zimpher.
The chancellor has hit the ground running since taking over last month. She's hoping to visit all 64 SUNY schools within her first 100 days in office in hopes to come up with a strategic plan for the future. An idea her peers are on board with.
"We are all in this together. We're really hoping to complement each other in what she learns about our institutions and there will be ways in which we can partner together even better," said Deborah Stanley.
The chancellor’s visit to SUNY Oswego was the 27th campus she's visited since taking over. She will visit SUNY ESF and SUNY Cortland later this week.