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August 16, 2006

Board of Visitors: The National Perspective

President Hall and Provost Herbst with the Board of Visitors.

President Hall and Provost Herbst with the Board of Visitors.
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When the University announced in January that a Board of Visitors would be assessing the institution and its future from a national perspective, it knew not to expect a mere rubber stamp from a group of prominent people.

"Many universities have boards of visitors to be cheerleaders, but this board provided significant and candid critical analysis," said Stephen R. Portch, the chairman emeritus of the University System of Georgia who served as the board chair. "The quality of the Board was extraordinary, commanding diversity of experience and thought and terrific intellectual capital. All members contributed mightily."

"I am immensely grateful for the work done by the Board of Visitors," said Hall. "Throughout the process, they were insightful, asked hard questions and pulled no punches. And that's what we were looking for. I believe that these distinguished individuals would now cite the University at Albany as an institution on the move — a place that is making informed choices to meet the challenges of the future."

The Board of Visitors Were:

  • Stephen R. Portch, Chairman Emeritus, University System of Georgia (Chair)
  • Walter R. Allen, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education and Professor of Sociology, UCLA
  • Gretchen Bataille, Interim Chancellor, North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Charlotte Buchanan, Esq., founding chair, Albany-Tula Alliance
  • F. Albert Cotton, W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
  • Terry Driscoll, Director of Athletics, College of William and Mary
  • Mildred Garcia, President, Berkeley College
  • William Graves, VP, SunGard Collegis Inc.
  • Kemal Guruz, former president, Council of Higher Education, Turkey
  • George Kennedy, Senior Managing Partner, High Peaks Venture Fund
  • John L. King, Professor and Dean, School of Information Science, University of Michigan
  • David P Y Lung, Professor and Head, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
  • Herbert A. Lurie, retired chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co. Global Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group
  • James E. Morley Jr., President and CEO, National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Suzanne Ortega, Vice Provost and Dean, University of Washington Graduate School, Communications
  • Harris Pastides, VP for Research and Health Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • Roger Platt, MD, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City
  • Tracy L. Robinson-Wood, Professor, Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Stephen J. Rotella, President and COO, Washington Mutual
  • Richard Sission, Provost and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Ohio State University
  • Larry Sumney, President and CEO, Semiconductor Research Corporation
  • The Honorable Richard C. Wesley, Associate Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • John Zogby, President and CEO, Zogby International

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