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Syracuse University Chancellor Stepping Down From Regional Development Council


Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud

According to Syracuse.com, Syverud was the co-chair of the group for two years, which is almost as long as he was the chancellor at SU. While Syverud was at the top of the development council, Central New York was awarded $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The URI was the largest single infusion of state aid CNY has ever received.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, August 11, that Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse President, has been appointed as the new co-chair of the economic panel.

“Thanks to the efforts of our regional economic development council, Central New York is currently undergoing an unprecedented transformation and revitalization,” said Cuomo. “Under the vision and leadership of Dr. Laraque-Arena, I’m confident that the region will build on its success and drive continued growth through Central New York Rising.”

AuburnPub reports that before Laraque-Arena began her time in the SUNY program, she was the chair of theDepartment of Pediatrics and was the vice president of the Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn.

The U.S. has a 10% share of the global construction market, making it the largest construction market across the world, and a large part of that industry is affecting CNY.

“Now is the right time for someone new to step in and help lead the council,” said Syverud, who will now oversee one of the largest construction and economic development projects in Central New York’s history. “As we pursue that project and other new capital investments that will be made in our campus facilities footprint during the next decade, it is the right time for me to conclude my service on the REDC.”

Syverud plans on helping the council anyway he can and wants to help the whole world “see Syracuse and Central New York as the best place anyone could want to be.”

“I thank Chancellor Syverud for his service,” Cuomo said in a statement.