senate Bill S5881A

Requires the state university of NY trustees to appoint a president for each state-operated institution in the state university

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  • 09 / Sep / 2011
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 18 / Nov / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • 18 / Nov / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 5881A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Requires the state university of New York trustees to appoint a president for each state-operated institution in the state university.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8585A
Versions:
S5881
S5881A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง355, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S5881A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the state
university of New York
trustees to appoint a president for each state-operated
institution in the state university

PURPOSE:
To ensure each SUNY institution has its own president.

SUMMARY:
Section 1 amends section 355 of the Education Law to clarify that one
president shall be appointed for each state-operated institution in
the state university and will not serve another institution
concurrently.

Section 2 provides for the immediate effectiveness of the act.

JUSTIFICATION:
Recent sharing of service plans at SUNY campuses have led the
Chancellor and the board of trustees to consider sharing of
presidents between state university institutions. It is believed that
some smaller institutions are capable of being managed by a shared
chief administrator.
The measure is being touted as cost savings to the system. In reality,
this step is short-sighted and will only serve to undermine the
financial viability of the individual campuses forced to share a
leader.

The Chancellor's efforts to eliminate presidencies, essentially
merging proximate, but significantly different colleges, is the
antithesis of this plan. However, presidential sharing would unfairly
target some of the most unique schools in the state's university
system. The current plan for shared presidencies specifically targets
colleges that are the foundation of New York's higher education
system for agriculture-Canton, Cobleskill and Morrisville-which is
not only insensitive, its detrimental to the future of New York's
leading industry. The success of the agriculture and technical
institutions hinges on a leader who has intimate knowledge of and
passion for the school's mission, impact, curriculum, and student body.

Current statute is clearly intended to provide each institution with
their own president. Section 355 of the Education law grants powers
and duties to the state university board of trustees.
Paragraph g of subdivision 2 of that section requires the trustees to
appoint a head of each state-operated institution after a
recommendation is made by the institution's council.

Furthermore, rules actualized by the state university board of
trustees and approved by the regents of the state of New York
reinforce the statute's intent. Under Title 8 of New York's Codes
Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), section 333.1 states there shall be a
Chief Administrative Officer of each institution and that officer
shall be designated president. This bill reinforces the statute and


NYCRR by explicitly stating each state university institution has one
president who will not serve another institution concurrently.

Time and again New York's university institutions have proven a strong
president can positively affect growth in academia and the stature
of the institution. SUNY Canton, northern New York's college for
technology, health, management and public service has grown under its
current president's leadership from a two year school to now offer a
number of four year degrees. In January, 2011, Canton moved into
their new athletic center and through the leadership of their
president, fully funded the construction of new on-campus housing
through private donations.
This progress would never have been possible without the president's
intimate involvement in fostering a strong relationship with Canton's
community.

Since the formation of SUNY in 1948, policy makers have worked to
create 64 individual schools that provide an array of individualized
curriculum and experience at a affordable rate to New York residents.
It is important to continue to protect the laws and rules which
intend each of the institutions to remain unique and independent.

One of the strengths of New York's state university system is its
diverse, dynamic and individual schools. Leadership is the key
element to each school's independence, strength, and sustainability.
New York has consistently set policy designed to enhance each
institution with the most appropriate president for each school. It
is critically important to continue to involve our communities in our
campuses and use our campuses to grow stronger communities by
educating and involving Our youth.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPACT:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5881--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            September 9, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. RITCHIE, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules --  commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  requiring  the  state
  university of New York trustees to appoint a president for each state-
  operated institution in the state university

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph g of subdivision 2 of section 355 of  the  educa-
tion  law,  as amended by chapter 552 of the laws of 1985, is amended to
read as follows:
  g. To appoint the [head] PRESIDENT of each state-operated  institution
in  the  state  university  upon  the recommendation made to them by the
council of such institution in accordance with the rules  and  standards
established  by the state university trustees; or if such recommendation
is not made or does not comply with such rules and  standards,  then  to
make  such  appointment as is by them deemed necessary; to prescribe the
functions, powers, and duties of  the  [head]  PRESIDENT  of  each  such
institution;  and  to  appoint  or  provide  for  the appointment of the
members of the instructional and administrative staffs, and  such  other
employees  as  may be necessary, at each state-operated institution upon
the recommendation of the [head]  PRESIDENT  thereof  and  prescribe  or
provide  for  the  prescription  of their duties. ONE PRESIDENT SHALL BE
APPOINTED FOR EACH STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTION IN THE  STATE  UNIVERSITY.
NO  INDIVIDUAL  SHALL  SERVE  CONCURRENTLY  AS  PRESIDENT OF TWO OR MORE
STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTIONS IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13393-04-1

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