President Joyce F. Brown and Students Encourage State Legislators to “Invest in SUNY”

On March 3 and 4, FIT President Dr. Joyce F. Brown, accompanied by two FIT students, met with legislators in Albany to encourage the state to continue its leadership in New York’s public higher education sector and to continue providing affordable education on State University of New York campuses. The visit was part of an effort by SUNY presidents and senior administrators to ask legislators to “Invest in SUNY,” a program designed to encourage students and the general public to urge their own representatives to continue this support.

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FIT student Annmarie Arnone, State Senator Brad Hoylman, FIT President Dr. Joyce F. Brown, and FIT Student Association President Christopher Wallace outside the Senate chamber.

President Brown was accompanied by Christopher Wallace, a third-year Production Management major who is also the FIT Student Association president and a Baker Scholar, as well as Annmarie Arnone, a second-semester Illustration major.

Serving three million New Yorkers every year, SUNY generates $21 billion annually for New York. New investment helps in the effort to make SUNY a world-class university system by increasing the number of graduates produced from 93,000 to 150,000 by 2020; improving coordination with, and advisement in, high schools and colleges; and ensuring every student has the opportunity to “Finish in Four,” reducing the cost of a degree and producing more workplace-ready graduates.

Anyone wanting to support the Invest in SUNY effort by contacting their state legislators can do so by going to and clicking on the Take Action button (please note: this must be done from a personal computer or device).

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