State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King has been named the 2003 Commencement Speaker at Genesee Community College, President Stuart Steiner announced this evening.
Chancellor King - the chief executive officer of the state university system - accepted an invitation to serve as commencement speaker from the College's Board of Trustees during his visit to Genesee last fall.
Commencement exercises are scheduled for Sunday, May 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Batavia Campus Gymnasium. More than 2,000 guests are expected to honor 700+ Genesee graduates. The 2003 commencement ceremony will be especially meaningful, Dr. Steiner told the Board of Trustees. This year, Genesee will:
• Celebrate its 35th annual commencement ceremony.
• Honor its 15,000th graduate.
• Confer its first honorary doctoral degree. Dr. Steiner announced this evening that the State University of New York Board of Trustees had authorized Genesee to award the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Alexander resident Charlotte W. Conable.
Chancellor King has served in his position since December 1999. Since his appointment, he has initiated aggressive new efforts to make the State University of New York the finest university system in the world. His priorities include securing $5 billion in new SUNY funding from public and private sources; developing new technologies and industrial innovations through the SUNY Research Foundation; and turning the entire university system into an economic development engine, through new partnerships among SUNY, all 64 SUNY campuses, and business and industry.
Prior to his appointment as SUNY Chancellor, Robert L. King served as Budget Director of New York State and Director of Governor George E. Pataki's Office of Regulatory Reform. Prior to his service to New York State, he served as Monroe County Executive, where he spearheaded welfare reform efforts and developed an award-winning abstinence program to reduce teen pregnancy. He has also served as a member of the New York State Assembly.
Chancellor King holds a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Connecticut. He spent much of his law career as a prosecutor in both California and New York. He has served as a lead attorney for the Organized Crime Strike Force, a U. S. Department of Justice effort against organized crime.
He serves on the boards of the Center for Governmental Research and the Center of Integrated Manufacturing Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monroe Community College Foundation.
In December 2000, Chancellor King was named by then President-elect George W. Bush to his advisory panel on education for the presidential transition. President Bush later appointed him as a member of the U. S. Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Chancellor King is a native of Rochester, and currently resides in Clifton Park.