Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York system since 2009, will step down from that post June 30, 2017. She plans to return to her home state, Ohio, where she previously headed the University of Cincinnati.
As SUNY’s 12th chancellor, Zimpher advocated for enriched teacher preparation and applied-learning opportunities, shared services between and among campuses, and economic revitalization throughout New York. She set in place a strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, to define the university system’s role in bolstering the state’s economy through research and innovation, energy, healthcare, global affairs and education.
A search committee has been established to select Zimpher’s successor. Members include UAlbany alumni Michael J. Castellana, B.S.’84, M.B.A.’92; James Malatras, B.A.’99, M.A.’00, and Ph.D.’08; and Marc Cohen, B.A.’16.