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SUNY-Old Westbury taps student-empowerment pro

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran academic administrator with a national résumé and long familiarity with New York State higher education will take the reins at SUNY-Old Westbury. Following a 10-month process by Pennsylvania-based executive search firm RPA Inc. and an 18-member campus-wide search committee, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has named Timothy Sams as the next president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury. Sams, currently vice president of student…


Island student entrepreneurs shine in NY Biz Plan finals

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may be a state-designated biotech corridor, but its student entrepreneurs have some pretty bright ideas regarding the environment, too. That according to the 2019 edition of the New York Business Plan Competition, a privately funded venture-creation competition established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. Each of the state’s 10 economic regions, including Long Island, hosted regional competitions earlier this month, with 92…