Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced the Legislature's re-election of New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Regent Judith Chin.
In a joint session of the Legislature, Rosa and Chin were each re-elected to a five year term on the 17 member Board of Regents, which is comprised of individuals elected from each of the state's 13 judicial districts along with four board members who serve at-large.
"By re-electing Chancellor Rosa and Regent Chin to the Board of Regents we ensure the board has the strong leadership necessary to continue the legacy of our state's education system, which is rooted in excellence, high standards and an unwavering commitment to the academic achievement of all of our students," said Heastie.
"Chancellor Rosa and Regent Chin have been, and in our judgement will continue to be, instrumental in carrying out the Board of Regents' critical mission: the advancement and implementation of education policies that benefit communities, families and students across the state," said Nolan. "The future of our education system, one that includes more educational opportunities for all of our students, is even more promising because these two distinguished educators have been re-elected to the Board of Regents."
"I am very pleased Chancellor Rosa and Regent Chin will continue to serve on the Board of Regents," said Glick. "Rosa's and Chin's many years of extensive experience in the education field and longstanding commitment to student learning make them the right choice again for not only ensuring that every child in our state receives a quality education but also for maintaining New York's high standards in the oversight of the Education Department's licensed professions."
Dr. Rosa's decade long service as a Regent from the 12th Judicial District, Bronx County, began in April 2008. During her second term, she was elected Chancellor in 2016 by her Board of Regents colleagues. Rosa worked in the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual paraprofessional and teacher reading coordinator; served as an assistant principal and principal in special education; and introduced an integrated linguistic model in the development of multilingual and multicultural schools for general and special education populations.
Regent Chin, who was elected to a three-year term on the board in 2015, is from the 11th Judicial District, Queens County. During her more than three decades of working for the New York City Department of Education, she served as a teacher, principal, executive director of instruction and professional development, a regional superintendent / chief education officer and as a supervising superintendent for more than 230 schools across the five boroughs. Chin, a lifelong educator, currently works at Columbia University, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
The Board of Regents was established in 1784 and is the oldest, continuous state education entity in the United States. The Regents, who serve without pay, are responsible for the general oversight of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the University of the State of New York and the State Education Department.