President Donald Christian spoke to a packed house at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel as the keynote speaker for the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerceâ€™s April Contact Breakfast on April 18.
He spoke about the importance of public education and the Universityâ€™s role in the Hudson Valley. â€śPublic colleges and universities must play a regional role, supporting citizens, communities, and organizations in our midst.Â It is important that we do that without losing sight of the primary reason that society supports us â€“ educating students.Â Â This part of our mission is reflected in both the College mission and Chancellor Zimpherâ€™s Power of SUNY strategic plan, which focuses on linking SUNY campuses to our communities and their social, cultural, and economic welfare,â€ť he said.
He reiterated several vision points for the College that he had discussed at his inauguration earlier in the month. â€śNew Paltz must continue to improve the quality and affordability of our educational offerings if students are to be prepared to thrive in and contribute to a very different world â€“ a diverse and global society and an economy that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguousâ€¦As I stated in my inaugural speech, we must strive to make practical education liberal and liberal education practical,â€ť he said.