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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has been appointed to the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, convened by Aspen Institute to broaden K-12 focus beyond academic achievement. The Commission will develop ways to fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development into K-12 education so that students are better prepared to thrive in school, career, and life.

“Today’s social and economic landscape demands that leaders from every sector work more closely together to serve the whole student, from cradle to career,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “It is our collective responsibility – that of our schools, colleges, business, governments, and communities – to get this right. I am honored to serve on the Commission and to share what we have learned in New York and nationally about the astounding impact that this approach to education can have on students, families, and communities.”

In more than 40 years as an education professional, Chancellor Zimpher has attained international recognition for her visionary institutional and community leadership. She has led three major public research universities throughout her career and, as chancellor of SUNY, is the chief executive of the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the country.

Throughout her career, Chancellor Zimpher has lifted up the power of higher education as an economic engine; spearheaded community initiatives that improve education outcomes from cradle to career; helped set higher standards for clinical teacher preparation; and developed initiatives that ensure student mobility, shorten time-to-degree, reduce student debt, and drive efficiency.