The State Of SUNY

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT

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January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher outlined the school systems road to the future in her State of the University address Wednesday but she also announced that SUNY will be a key part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development plan. This is a request that Governor Cuomo asked of the SUNY system in his State of the State address in the beginning of the month.

"To achieve this in our economic crisis is a daunting task. I am advocating for a new approach one that to raise revenues from alternative sources," Zimpher said.

Chancellor Zimpher said the system will contribute to this plan by bringing thousands of new jobs to the area while also implementing technology into the communities surrounding the schools. She also said the system will create new public and private partnerships that will generate revenue back to the state.

"SUNY is up to the challenge and ready to answer your call and absolutely focused on leverage our mission to economic recovery and job creation for our great state," Zimpher said.

In her speech, the Chancellor also talked about the need to keep tuition fair, responsible and predictable while also continuing to improve the quality of education within the system. She said this will allow more people to take advantage of what SUNY and the state of New York have to offer.

"We at SUNY must commit ourselves to be accountable of how we spend our resources. Together we can embrace the spirit of understanding and cooperation that will allow SUNY to leverage it's size and diversity in service to its service to its faculty, staff and all New Yorkers." Zimpher said.

The bottom line she said, is that a competitive SUNY system can contribute competitive Stat all by working together for one common goal.