SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson

Courtesy of SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson

State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson is nearing the end of her tour of all 64 SUNY campuses. Today, two Hudson Valley campuses were on her agenda — SUNY Sullivan and SUNY Orange. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Chancellor Johnson about her tour… and much more.

Kristina Johnson
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SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivered her second State of the University System address Thursday. At the Albany Capital Center, Johnson said the SUNY system offers “a wonderful education for the many, not the few.” She lauded public education as the key to social equality not only in New York, but nationally.

In her first State of the University System address, Chancellor Kristina Johnson mapped out her vision for the future of SUNY today in Albany.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

Dr. Kristina Johnson is in her first few weeks as the 13th Chancellor of the 64-campus SUNY system.  Johnson, an engineer, is the founder of a hydroelectric company.  She served as the U.S. Under-Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration.  She has also been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, Dean of Engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She holds more than 100 patents and was  inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015.  During a visit to Clinton Community College last Thursday, Dr. Johnson told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why she is staying in academia as SUNY Chancellor.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson (left) cuts ribbon with Clinton Community College Board of Trustees Chair David Favro
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Local and state officials cut the ribbon this morning, officially opening the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College.