Paterson Nominates Prof To SUNY Board of Trustees

Ronald Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of industrial and labor relations and economics and member of the Cornell Board of Trustees, was nominated in May by Gov. David Paterson to serve on the Board of Trustees for the State University of New York (SUNY) school system.
Ehrenberg, a long-time professor at Cornell and author of the book Tuition Rising, which discusses the rapidly increasing price of tuition at many of America’s colleges, was nominated for the position because of his expertise on “public higher education.” Additionally, “both my wife and I, and lots of my relatives, are graduates of SUNY so I have a concern for the institution which is very, very deep,” Ehrenberg said.

Board of Trustees Names Nancy Zimpher First Female Chancellor of SUNY System

Yesterday, the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees named Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher as the first woman chancellor of the nation’s largest comprehensive university system. Cornell’s own President David J. Skorton was among the 17 members of the search committee that SUNY established to review all potential candidates.
Zimpher is the current president of the University of Cincinnati, a public research university with over 35,000 students and a $1 billion annual budget. Her term as the 12th SUNY chancellor will begin on June 1, 2009, nearly two years after the previous chancellor, John R. Ryan, stepped down. The search was delayed due to the controversial resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.).