Alfred State College was pleased to recently welcome Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, the newly appointed chair of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees, to campus for a visit.
Tisch chatted with students in the Small Events Space at the Student Leadership Center, taking their questions and comments and offering answers and feedback on their input. She also met with members of the President’s Council. Joining Tisch on her visit was SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier.
“I really enjoyed being on the campus of Alfred State and seeing first hand their tireless commitment and focus on preparing students to meet the challenges and needs of the 21st century economy,” Tisch said. “Today was another great example of how workforce development continues to be at the forefront of SUNY’s mission and I applaud Alfred State and their students for meeting that goal every day.”
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “We are delighted that Dr. Tisch came to our campus and spoke with our students, especially because Alfred State was the first SUNY school that she has visited since her appointment as chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Alfred State congratulates Dr. Tisch on her appointment and looks forward to having her back on campus in the future.”
Prior to being appointed to her current role by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Tisch was a member of the Board of Regents for 20 years and held the position of vice chancellor from 2007 to 2009. As chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, Tisch was responsible for setting the state's education policy and overseeing both public and private education throughout New York.
Tisch currently holds a number of philanthropic and civic positions, including serving on the board of the International Rescue Committee and as co-chair of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a leading social services agency. Additionally, Tisch founded the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 2008. She holds a BA from Barnard College, an MA in education from New York University, and received an EdD from Teacher's College, Columbia University.