Report: SUNY wants Zimpher

NEW YORK, NY (FOX19) - An article in The New York Times says the trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) are poised to pick University of Cincinnati president Dr. Nancy Zimpher to be the next chancellor.

SUNY is the nation's largest public university system. The Times reports that an announcement could come within the next few days.

Dr. Zimpher released the following statement through UC:

"The State University of New York system has approached me to discuss their search for a chancellor. It is not uncommon for me to receive such inquiries. I see it as recognition of the progress made by the University of Cincinnati on academic quality and accountability, urban issues, our strong research program and our collaborative endeavors throughout the region and state. Further comment on the chancellor search should appropriately come from the SUNY system."

Dr. Zimpher took the helm at UC in 2003. She has never held a job outside of the Midwest, and if she is approved for the SUNY position, she would be the first woman to take over SUNY, which has 64 campuses and almost a half million students.