TO: The UC Community
FROM: Nancy L. Zimpher
I have been offered, and have accepted, a new and challenging opportunity. I will become the Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, with my start date tentatively set for June 1.
SUNY is the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education and represents an extraordinary, new challenge for me. SUNY's interest is an acknowledgment of the tremendous progress and success that the University of Cincinnati has achieved: improving academic quality, student satisfaction, accountability, financial stability, connections throughout the city, research growth, and collaborative endeavors on a regional, state, national and international level.
Five and a half years ago, I was truly fortunate to be selected as UC's 25th president. Working together across all sectors of the university, we have made great strides in our UC|21 goals, and our success is an accomplishment shared by all - students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and a myriad of external partners. Many of the changes we have made are now so much a part of the university that they are much bigger than one person or one leader. I can say with unwavering confidence that the University of Cincinnati, as a major research institution and the largest employer in this region, stands in an excellent position to build on its achievements and will continue to make a transformative impact on the world. Our Proudly Cincinnati campaign, the largest in UC history, is on target to achieving its goal and has very able and supportive leadership to guide it.
While I look forward to my SUNY appointment with excitement, I will miss the many students, faculty, employees, colleagues, friends, alumni and supporters I have come to know at UC. I will miss Cincinnati's wonderful skyline along with its beautiful rolling hills and picturesque river that remind me so much of my hometown of Gallipolis in southeastern Ohio.
I want to thank the entire UC and Cincinnati community, especially the Board of Trustees, for their tremendous support and patience during this selection process. But most of all I want to say what a privilege it has been to be able to work with each and everyone who cares deeply about UC and strives to make it the best it can be.
cc: UC Board of Trustees