Albany, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Dr. Merryl Tisch to serve as Vice Chair of the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Dr. Tisch has served on the SUNY Board of Trustees since June 2017.
“Dr. Tisch is a leading, innovative voice in education policy, and I am proud to appoint her to this new role to ensure SUNY’s role as the pinnacle of excellence in higher education,” Governor Cuomo said. “She brings decades of experience and expertise to the position, and I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman McCall and Dr. Tisch to move New York’s higher education system forward.”

SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall said, “Dr. Merryl Tisch has influenced education policy through her civic and philanthropic positions, and she continues to build on her experience at SUNY with a focus on academic standards coupled with a keen sensibility toward fiscal responsibility. It is my pleasure to congratulate her on being named vice chair of SUNY’s Board of Trustees.”

Dr. Tisch was a member of the Board of Regents for twenty years and held the position of Vice Chancellor from 2007 to 2009. As Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, Dr. Tisch was responsible for setting the state’s education policy and overseeing both public and private education throughout New York. Her policies were informed by years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy, including her work as a first-grade teacher at New York City’s RamazSchool and the B’nai Jeshurun School.

Dr. Tisch founded the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 2008. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and received an Ed.D from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.


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