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Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, State Board of Regents Chancellor, Discusses Higher Education and Public Schools at UAlbany's Annual Burton Lecture

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Merryl H. Tisch

Merryl H. Tisch, the first woman to serve as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 27, 2009) -- Merryl H. Tisch, the first woman to serve as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, will deliver the 25th Annual Burton Lecture at the University at Albany's Page Hall (downtown campus) on April 28. The chancellor will be introduced by Carl T. Hayden, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the State University of New York. "Leading a Race to the Top: Higher Education’s Role in Raising Standards for New York’s Public Schools" is the title of Ms. Tisch’s lecture. The event also includes the presentation of the annual Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service, honoring notable individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York.

The 2009 honorees are:

The Burton Lecture is named for John E. Burton, who served as New York’s budget director under Governor Thomas E. Dewey from 1943 to 1950.  Burton, who was credited with modernizing the state’s budget process, was a key member of the special committee that recommended the creation of the State University of New York System.  He also chaired the committee that created the first public administration degree-granting program at UAlbany.

The event, which will be hosted by UAlbany Interim President George M. Philip, will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Page Hall auditorium, University at Albany downtown campus.

Merryl H. Tisch
Merryl H. Tisch was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents in 1996, and was elected chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2009.  In addition to leading the board as chancellor, she co-chairs the Board of Regents Committee on Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education.

As chancellor, Dr. Tisch is leading a redesign of the State Education Department so that the Department can better support local innovation in New York’s highest performing school districts and engage more deeply with districts that are struggling and in need of additional support.

As a member of the Board, she has worked to raise state standards and instill greater accountability for local school districts. Chancellor Tisch is leading the Board’s efforts to reform and expand the State Education Department’s data system to make it easier to use, faster and more complete – extending from pre-kindergarten through college.

In addition to her work on the Board of Regents, Chancellor Tisch is chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Previously, Chancellor Tisch served as chairperson of the Mt. Sinai Children’s Center Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York. She was appointed to the Graduate School of Education's Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and has been a board member of both Barnard College and the Dalton School.

From 1977 to 1984, Chancellor Tisch taught first-graders at New York City’s Ramaz School and the B’nai Jeshurun School. She received an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, a master's in education from New York University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

New York State Budget Director John E. Burton circa 1945

New York State Budget Director John E. Burton, namesake of the Burton Lecture, circa 1945.

Distinguished Public Service Awards

GladysAnn Wells, College of Computing and Information Distinguished Public Service Award. Since 1997, Wells, the state librarian and director for the Arizona State Library, has been responsible for statewide collaboration of libraries, archives, public records, and museums.  The Arizona State Library provides direct service through six divisions and five state wide commissions. 

Recognized for excellence in e-government by the Library of Congress and successful in the completion of a premiere State Archives and History preservation, treatment and access facility, the State Library has raised $61 million for Arizona since 1997. Wells began as a research aide in 1972, and then became a Legislative Reference Librarian at the New York State Library.  She then served the Senate Research Service as editor, researcher, and Senate Librarian. 

Wells received her bachelor's degree at Greensboro College, and her Master of Library Science at the State University of New York at Albany.  She is an avid equestrian competing in dressage and combined driving.

Robert M. Maccarone, School of Criminal Justice Distinguished Public Service Award.  Maccarone was appointed state director of the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) by the governor and confirmed by the Senate on February 27, 2007. He had been serving as state director since November, 2005 and executive deputy director since May of 2002.  DPCA funds and regulates the state’s 58 county and the City of New York Probation Departments and oversees nearly 200 correctional alternative programs. Prior to his state appointment, Maccarone served as deputy bureau chief and senior assistant district attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Maccarone also served as deputy commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Correction and director of Criminal Justice Services for Westchester County. As the director of Criminal Justice, he oversaw education, treatment and law enforcement in addressing the drug problem, and implemented the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Intelligence Center in Westchester County.

Maccarone holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and Master of Arts in sociology from Fordham University, and a Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law.

David C. Momrow, School of Public Health Distinguished Public Service Award. Morrow, the senior vice president of Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society, is responsible for Prevention & Detection, Patient & Family Service initiatives, and Advocacy & Government Relations for the states of New York and New Jersey.  Prior to joining the Cancer Society in 1999, he worked for the NYS Department of Health for more than 30 years and contributed in the development of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health and served as its first director. The Division was created to address prevention and control of the leading causes of death and disability for all New Yorkers.

Momrow was one of the founders of the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors and later served as its president.  More recently he served as chair, Advisory Committee to CDC on the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Momrow received his Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in biology from Manhattan College.  He and his wife, Estelle, have three children and five (soon to be eight) grandchildren.

Richard H. Neiman, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Distinguished Public Service Award. Neiman was appointed as New York's 43rd Superintendent of Banks in March 2007.  Immediately prior to his appointment, he served as president and CEO of TD Bank USA, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toronto-Dominion Bank.  Neiman is on the Board of Directors of the Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s oldest social services organizations, and serves on the Board of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund.  In November 2008 Neiman was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He also serves on the Board of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and chairs Governor Paterson’s interagency foreclosure prevention task force. 

Neiman began his career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. From 1994 to 2006 Mr. Neiman joined TD Waterhouse Group as executive VP and general counsel. Neiman is an outspoken advocate for greater federal efforts in preventing foreclosures and more state/federal cooperation in addressing mortgage crisis. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from American University and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University.

Honorable P. David Soares, School of Social Welfare Distinguished Public Service Award. Soares was elected Albany County District Attorney in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.  One of his first priorities as district attorney was to establish bureaus headed by experienced leaders, reinforcing his commitment to the practice of “One Standard of Justice.” During his two terms in office, Soares has redefined the role of the district attorney to emphasize public integrity and crime prevention.

Since taking office, he has instituted numerous initiatives including the Victim Advocacy Program in partnership with the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and the Safe Homes -- Safe Streets Initiative. He also created the Financial Crimes Unit, the Public Integrity Unit, the Bring It to the Courts basketball league and other youth diversion programs.

Soares received a degree in communications from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.

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