On February 4, Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York (SUNY), delivered the 35th Pullias Lecture, hosted by the USC Pullias Center for Higher Education at Rossier.
Zimpher spoke about how she strives to make the 64 campuses in the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education an economic engine for the revitalization of New York.
At SUNY, she has been instrumental in creating a national network of innovative systemic partnerships that holistically address challenges across the education pipeline. Zimpher called it “Systemness.”
“I saw an opportunity to turn a university system into a place where access, completion and success are tethered together,” Zimpher said. “When the system is an economic engine, there can be return- on-investment for higher education.”
Prior to leading SUNY, Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at Ohio State University.
The annual Pullias Lecture, dedicated to the memory of Earl V. Pullias, features a nationally recognized scholar each year who contributes to academic dialogue on significant topics in higher and postsecondary education.
by Andrea Bennett
This article was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Rossier’s Futures in Urban Ed magazine.