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SUNY Board Appoints D. Bruce Johnstone as Chancellor Emeritus

SUNY Board Appoints D. Bruce Johnstone as Chancellor Emeritus

Posted: January 14, 2014

The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed D. Bruce Johnstone as chancellor emeritus, a title conferred to a past-chancellor of the system for just the fourth time in SUNY history.

Johnstone was SUNY chancellor from 1988 to 1994, and SUNY Buffalo State president from 1979 to 1988. His strategic plan, SUNY 2000: A Vision for the New Century, called for a university system that addressed society's greatest needs such as equality, justice, prosperity and refocused the role of university research to prepare for the new millennium.

"Chancellor Johnstone provided remarkable and visionary leadership for SUNY and he remains an incredible asset to us today, as a member of the board of directors of the Research Foundation for SUNY and a distinguished service professor," said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. "We are pleased to recognize his outstanding service with this distinction."

"Chancellor Johnstone's keen focus on the power of partnerships was ahead of its time, and his strengthening of SUNY's shared governance structure built the foundation for the close partnerships we have with our students and faculty today," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "This honor is much deserved, and I commend the Board for recognizing Chancellor Johnstone's exemplary service."

About D. Bruce Johnstone
Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone is a former SUNY chancellor (1988–1994), former president of Buffalo State (1979–1988), and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the University at Buffalo. Before assuming the presidency at Buffalo State, he was vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Johnstone has written and edited more than 125 books, monographs, articles, and book chapters, and is best known for his works on the financial condition of higher education, the concept of learning productivity, student financial assistance policy, system governance, and international comparative higher education finance. His most recent book (with Pamela Marcucci) is Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay? published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2010.

He continues to direct the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project and has been a speaker at many international conferences and a World Bank consultant on higher education reform projects in Morocco, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and the Organization of East Caribbean States.

Dr. Johnstone holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He also holds Honorary Doctorates from D'Youville College, Towson State College, and California State University at San Diego. His home is in Buffalo, New York. His wife, Gail, retired in 2007 as President of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, having earlier served as vice president for planning at the Roswell Park Cancer Center and as director of planning for the City of Buffalo. They have a son in Philadelphia and a daughter in Kansas City.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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