Gov. Eliot Spitzer laid out an ambitious plan to increase public support for public higher education in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. In response, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said, “It is heartening to see that higher education is the centerpiece of Gov. Spitzer’s vision for the future of New York.”
Stanley noted: “His plans set a new direction for New York’s public colleges and universities.”
In her statement, she continued: “Education is fundamental to the American Dream. It is a nonpartisan benefit for the citizens of New York. Higher education both helps individuals to embark on meaningful and productive lives and undergirds our state’s economic health and competitiveness. Strong, effective public colleges in our state are essential to enfranchising more citizens in the American promise of opportunity for all.
“The governor’s idea for endowing public higher education will ensure that it remains a ‘permanent priority’ in New York state by providing an enduring buffer against the economic and political uncertainties that every year take a toll on our ability to plan and move forward.
“We need to provide our students with an education that is world-class and affordable, and this is clearly and commendably the governor’s goal. All of us at SUNY Oswego look forward to seeing the details of the governor’s vision as they apply to the state’s public comprehensive colleges like Oswego.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Discussing education—Back in September, Gov. Eliot Spitzer (center) met with campus and community leaders including SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and (back left) Student Association President Josh Miller.
(Posted: Jan 09, 2008)