SUNY Potsdam President Comments on NYSUNY 2020 Expansion


In his State of the State Address yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called the State University of New York the “great equalizer” for New Yorkers, allowing people from working families to access quality higher education.

He also announced that he would propose an expansion of the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Act from the four research centers to include all of SUNY’s 64 campuses, offering three colleges the chance to compete for three $20 million grants.

“We at SUNY Potsdam applaud Governor Cuomo’s visionary expansion of the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Act to SUNY’s other 60 campuses. This unique opportunity will allow all of the State University’s individual institutions to show their strengths, as we compete for the three $20 million grants,” College President Dr. John F. Schwaller said. “As we approach our bicentennial, SUNY Potsdam will continue to build on that long history of providing a handcrafted education for our students, while also working to revitalize the North Country economy.”

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.