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January 11, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates 40th Anniversary

SUNY Board of Trustees Unanimously Approves a Resolution of Support

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(NEW YORK CITY – Jan. 11, 2011) – The State University of New York Empire State College began its 40th anniversary celebration today when the SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution of congratulations and continuing support for the college.

“SUNY Empire State College has flourished for 40 years thanks to the creative vision of former Chancellor Ernest Boyer and the hard work of so many students, faculty and staff. They are deserving of thanks and praise,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “I urge the SUNY Empire State College community to continue to innovate and expand education opportunity for those unable to pursue a degree in a conventional way.”

“SUNY Empire State College has passed the test of time with flying colors,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “ Chancellor Ernest Boyer, the driving force behind the creation of SUNY Empire State College, was a visionary educator and pioneer of open and distance education. Today, SUNY Empire State College continues to have a positive impact across the state and around the world and will play a leadership role in advancing OPEN SUNY, one of major initiatives of our strategic plan, The Power of SUNY.”

“We are most grateful for the continuing support of Chairman Hayden, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Zimpher,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “The college’s 40th anniversary provides an opportunity to pay tribute to our past, celebrate the present and to look forward to our future in advancing OPEN SUNY.”

OPEN SUNY is one of the 18 major initiatives that drive The Power of SUNY, the university’s new strategic plan.

OPEN SUNY, among other things, calls for the expansion of open and online initiatives, networking students and faculty with peers around the world and for providing students with affordable, innovative and flexible education in a full range of instructional formats, both online and onsite.

The trustees established SUNY Empire State College Jan. 27, 1971, at the urging of then Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer. Founded as a statewide institution, the college was modeled on open institutions of higher education located around the world, such as the United Kingdom’s Open University.

Boyer went on to become commissioner of education during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

SUNY Empire State College continues to ensure that motivated adult learners have access to college programs regardless of their geographic location or time-limiting work responsibilities at 34 locations around the state, online and around the world.

40th Anniversary Web Page

A special Web page dedicated to news and information about SUNY Empire State College’s 40th anniversary is now available at www.esc.edu/40th . The page features a greeting from President Alan Davis and will link to letters, news articles, historical documents, editorials and resolutions of support the college may garner during the year, as well as video and still images from college events. Also posted on the page will be announcements, events and publications associated with the 40th anniversary celebration. It is also possible to reach the dedicated Web page by going to www.esc.edu and clicking the 40th anniversary logo that appears on the bottom, right of the page. 

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies.

Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. College alumni, more than 60,000 strong, engage in the life of the college and advocate for its needs to advance the mission of the institution.

For more information, visit www.esc.edu.

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