Empire State College Council Membership

Anthony Esposito is former chairman of the Capital District Transportation Authority. Previously, he served for nearly 15 years as the president of Capital Cablevision. He received a Bachelor of Science from Fordham University and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from New York University.

James W. Lytle, chairman of the council, is a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and oversees the firm's Albany office. His practice focuses on healthcare law and regulations. He served in the Gov. Mario Cuomo administration as assistant counsel for Health and Human Services. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Judith Quinn, student representative to the College Council, has been a registered nurse for 34 years. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1982 with an RN. In May 2016, she was awarded her baccalaureate in nursing from SUNY Empire State College and currently is enrolled in the School of Nursing’s master’s program with a concentration in Nursing Administration.

Patricia E. Salkin is provost of the Graduate and Professional Division and former dean of Touro Law Center at Touro College. She is the former associate dean, professor of law and director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School. In addition to land use law, her scholarship also focuses on government ethics. She is an appointed member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and chair of the State Bar's Standing Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and earned her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.

Lewis P. Trippett is a partner in the law firm of Higgins & Trippett. Previously, he was director of government relations and a litigation attorney for the New York Telephone Co. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor from New York University.

Daniel Wall is vice president of corporate services with CMA consultants in Latham. He is the former commissioner and president of the New York State Department of Civil Service and the former secretary/treasurer of the National Association of State Personnel Executives.  Mr. Wall earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the SUNY College at Old Westbury and a Juris Doctor from St. John University’s School of Law. He holds a certificate of human resource management from Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Linda Weiss is the former director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and its eleven community based outpatient clinics. Previous to that position, she served as chief operations officer of the Veterans Administration Healthcare Network of Upstate New York. She also has served the VA Healthcare Network as the director of management systems and as a health systems specialist for managed care and planning. She earned an associate degree in Radiologic Technology from Hudson Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Empire State College’s Northeast Center in 1983 and a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Union College in Schenectady.

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