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President on panel addressing higher education's role in job growth

Alfred University (AU) President Dr. Charles M. Edmondson will take part in a panel discussion on higher education and economic development on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center in Buffalo.

The Regional Summit on Higher Education and Economic Development will feature an interactive discussion on how academic institutions, through research-based innovation, technology transfer, and other means, can help create new jobs and encourage the growth of industry. Members of the business community are encouraged to attend. RSVP at

Joining Edmondson on the panel will be Dr. Howard Cohen, interim president of Buffalo State College; Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, president of Fredonia State University; Jack Quinn, president of Erie Community College; Dr. Satish K. Tripathi, president of the University at Buffalo; and Howard Zemsky, co-chair of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.

Remarks will be given by D. Bruce Johnstone, Distinguished Service Professor emeritus and former State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor, and Jason E. Lane, Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Johnstone and Lane recently co-wrote “Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers” (SUNY Press, 2012), in which they explored many of the topics to be discussed by the panel.

Edmondson has recently completed his 12th year serving as the 13th president of Alfred University. Previously, he served as vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL for seven years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Mississippi and obtained his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University, after which he continued his education at the Newberry Library Institute for Family and Community History and at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

Edmondson currently serves on the NCAA President’s Council and the Empire 8 President’s Council. He is also president of the Empire 8 Athletics Conference. The AU president is a member of the Technology Development Corp. (Southern Tier West), the Rochester Area Colleges group, and a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He has been a trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and treasurer of the Independent College Fund of New York.

The panel is made possible by the participating institutions noted and the WNY Consortium of Higher Education, with support from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. Similar events have been hosted across the state with the goal of encouraging new collaborations that can lead to innovation-based economic development.