Simpson named to NYS Higher Education Commission


UB president John B. Simpson has been named to a newly created state Higher Education Commission charged with identifying ways to improve the quality of higher education in New York.

The 29-member commission was formed May 29 by an executive order from New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. According to Spitzer, the new commission will help identify innovative, cutting-edge ideas and necessary enhancements that will help improve the quality of education statewide and “make New York’s higher-education system a world-class institution.”

One of the goals of the commission is to strengthen the capacity of the state’s university research centers, such as UB, to regain New York’s preeminent status in academic research, while providing opportunities for high-value employment.

The Commission on Higher Education will be chaired by Hunter Rawlings, president emeritus of both Cornell University and the University of Iowa.