Legislation Paves Way for Faculty Council of Community Colleges to Have Ex-Officio Seat on SUNY Board of Trustees

ALBANY, N.Y. –The State University of New York Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher this week welcomed Dr. Tina Good as the newest Board member, following legislation signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last month that provided a seat on the Board for the president of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. Dr. Good was sworn in as trustee at the Sept. 20 general Board meeting.

Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “The presidents of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council on Community Colleges have long been informal advisors to the trustees, giving faculty governance a voice in the boardroom. With today’s official addition of FCCC President Tina Good, however, I can finally say the Board is complete, with representation from all groups that make up the SUNY family, including students and faculty from all campuses. We take great delight in welcoming Tina Good to the SUNY Board of Trustees.”

“As the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the nation, we are fortunate that we can call 30 stellar community colleges our own,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “It is only appropriate, then, that the president of the FCCC serve as a member of our Board of Trustees. We welcome Tina as she joins SUNY students and faculty of our state-operated campuses, bringing full circle our commitment to shared governance throughout the system. Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature deserve great praise for recognizing the value in adding Tina’s voice to the Board, and we look forward to working closely with her on issues critical to the 64- campuses state university system for years to come.”

"It is my honor, as president of the Faculty Council, to have this opportunity to serve on the SUNY Board of Trustees," said Trustee Good. "I have had the great pleasure of working with this Board over the last two years and have appreciated their commitment to a deliberative and collaborative process. Because of them and the forward thinking of Chancellor Zimpher and state lawmakers, the Faculty Council’s leadership will be able to bring a variety of perspectives from our campuses to the table as SUNY continues to experience challenges and triumphs in the years ahead."

Legislation signed last month by Governor Cuomo provided for an ex-officio, non-voting seat on the SUNY Board, for the president of the Faculty Council on Community Colleges, increasing the size of the board from 17 to 18 members. The president of the Faculty Senate, which represents faculty at the SUNY state-operated campuses, was given an ex-officio seat on the Board in 2006.

About Tina Good
Dr. Tina Good was elected President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges in April 2008 and took office on July 1, 2009. She has also served as its secretary, treasurer and vice president. She was co-chair for the SUNY General Education Assessment Review (GEAR) Group and the SUNY Joint Committee for Transfer and Articulation, and currently serves as chair of the SUNY Steering Committee on Student Mobility.

Good served as the President of the Ammerman Campus Faculty Senate at Suffolk County Community College for five years and has chaired the College's Curriculum Committee for 10 years. She is a professor of English and the faculty coordinator for assessment at Suffolk County Community College.


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