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Alfred State Welcomes Chancellor King

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SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. visited Alfred State during his tour of all 64 campuses

From Alfred State College, photo of King Jr. on campus

 The Alfred State College (ASC) community welcomed John B. King Jr., Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) to campus. King, who is visiting all 64 SUNY campuses, met with faculty, staff, and students. The chancellor says he was struck by the emphasis on the development of career skills, diversity of students, campus beauty, and positive energy among Alfred State Pioneers.

“As I talk with students and faculty members, I always want to know what makes the campus special,” commented King. “I have already heard from students about the small class size and their sense of community here at Alfred. Students love the beauty of this space and have talked about the great hands-on learning experiences they get in engineering for example and in computer science. [Students also praised] internship opportunities that they have had and certainly seeing the student center [Student Leadership Center], where you can see that the extracurricular activities and student life are a very strong part of Alfred State.”

Photo gallery of Chancellor King’s visit.

Alfred State President Dr. Steven Mauro hosted King in both Alfred and Wellsville. King was able to interact with faculty, staff, and students at both campuses. Earlier on his SUNY tour, King also visited Alfred State labs at Northland Workforce Development Center in Buffalo. One of the highlights of his ASC visit was a lunch meeting with students who invited the most influential faculty or staff member during their time at Alfred State.

Mauro was appreciative that King was able to see Pioneers in action. “It was great that the Chancellor was able to visit us today. It was wonderful that he was able to really talk to our students, our faculty, and staff and just ask them about what their world looks like.”

Alfred State was the 50th campus that King visited during his tour. “I think it is important to get a sense of what the strengths and assets are of each of our 64 campuses. To hear directly from faculty [and] from students what we could be doing better at SUNY to support all our campuses. I have learned a ton and look forward to doing a State of the University speech at the end [of the 64-campus tour], reflecting on the things I have learned along the way.”

King has learned many things in his travels to so many campuses and highlighted two of them. “The incredible value proposition at SUNY. Students can find excellent opportunities in virtually every discipline at affordable prices. We need to make sure every New York student and family knows about that value proposition. I have also been struck by the diversity on our campuses and the diversity of experiences across our campuses.”

Mauro, King, and the rest of the visiting party toured the Student Leadership Center, visited the nursing labs in the Physical and Health Sciences Building, interacted with engineering students in the Engineering Building, and toured through autobody, truck & diesel, electrical, and welding labs on the Wellsville campus. Alfred State boasts 200+ hands-on labs for applied learning.

“It was wonderful to be able to hear ideas and share stories,” commented Mauro at the conclusion of the visit. “I am always a big fan of [the saying that] seeing is believing. When you can see [what goes on here] you know what makes Alfred State so great.”

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