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New York State Commissioner of Education: Where, Oh Where Can You Be?

Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor

Contact information for current members

2011* Tisch, Merryl H.; B.A., M.A., Ed.D.
Chancellor; At Large
9 East 79th Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10075
Phone: (212) 879-9414 Email:

2012* Cofield, Milton L.; B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor; Judicial District VII - Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates
98 Hickory Ridge Road, Rochester, N.Y. 14625
Phone (585) 248-8494 Email:

2010* Bennett, Robert M.; B.A., M.S.
Chancellor Emeritus; Judicial District VIII -- Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming

201 Millwood Lane, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 645-1344 Email:

2014* Cohen, Saul B.; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

At Large
82 Taymil Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone: (914) 633-7889 Email:

2010* Dawson, James C.; A.A, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Judicial District IV -- Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington
166 U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Phone: (518) 324-2401 Email:

2011* Bottar, Anthony S.; B.A., J.D.

Judicial District V -- Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego
120 Madison Street, Suite 1600, AXA Tower II, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 422-3466 Email:

2013* Chapey, Geraldine, D.; B.A., M.A., Ed.D.

Judicial District XI -- Queens
107-10 Shore Front Parkway, Apt. 9C, Belle Harbor, NY 11694
Phone: (718) 634-8471 Email:

2010* Phillips 3rd, Harry; B.A., M.S.F.S.

Judicial District IX -- Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester
71 Hawthorne Way, Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: (914) 948-2228 Email:

2014* Bowman, Jr., Joseph E.; B.A., M.L.S., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Judicial District III -- Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster
ED 124, School of Education, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-4987 Email:

2012* Tallon, Jr., James R. ; B.A., M.A.

Judicial District VI - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins
United Hospital Fund, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10118-0110
Phone (212) 494-0777 Email:

2010* Tilles, Roger; B.A., J.D.

Judicial District X - Nassau, Suffolk
100 Crossways Park West, Suite 107, Woodbury, N.Y. 11797
Phone (516) 364-2533 Email:

2010* Brooks Hopkins, Karen; B.A., M.F.A.

Judicial District II - Kings
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
Phone (718) 636-4135 Email:

2012* Bendit, Charles R.; B.A.

Judicial District I - New York
111 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1500, New York, N.Y. 10011
Phone (212) 220-9945 Email:

2013* Rosa, Betty A., B.A., M.S. in Ed., M.S. in Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Judicial District XII - Bronx

Chambreleng Hall, Fordham University, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y. 10458
Phone (718) 817-5053 Email:

2010* Young, Jr., Lester W., B.S., M.S., Ed.D

At Large
55 Hanson Place, Suite 400, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
Phone (718) 722-2796 Email:

2014* Cea, Christine D., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Judicial District XIII - Richmond
NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone (718) 494-5306 Email:

2014* Norwood, Wade S., B.A.

At Large
74 Appleton Street, Rochester, NY 14611
Phone (585) 461-3520 Email:

New York State needs a new Commissioner of Education. So says the ad below. Who will apply? Someone who knows something about education or someone who has alot of money and can buy the public relations that can convince anyone that he/she knows what he/she is doing?

NYSED / Commissioner of Education Search

Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York

Milton L. Cofield, Vice Chancellor

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

An Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer
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The New York State Board of Regents seeks applications and nominations for the position of Commissioner of Education. Our goal is to find an accomplished leader who will bring New York State to the forefront in educational achievement. We need a visionary to manage the State’s educational resources to raise achievement for all students, close the achievement gap, and raise the State’s graduation rate.

This person must have:

Demonstrated experience in identifying, developing and implementing creative solutions to challenges confronting education at all levels; success in the urban setting is a plus.
Proven experience leading a complex organization where staff development, organizational change, fiscal accountability and technology have been used to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction.
A commitment to diversity; an ability to work effectively with and value the perspectives of all groups and individuals.
An ability to effectively communicate with, motivate and lead staff and stakeholders toward excellence.
Proven experience working with a board to effect change through policy development and shared governance.
Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the role of education in economic development.
Experience working with local, state and federal elected officials.
Appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Board of Regents, the Commissioner is the Chief Executive Officer of the State Education Department and President of The University of the State of New York (USNY). The University is one of the largest and most comprehensive educational systems in the world.

Incorporated by the Legislature in 1784, the Board of Regents is the oldest continuous policy-making board of education in the nation. Under the State Constitution, the Regents head the State Education Department and The University of the State of New York which oversees and assists more than 7,000 public and independent elementary and secondary schools; 270 public and independent colleges and universities; 7,000 libraries; 900 museums; 25 public broadcasting facilities; 3,000 historical repositories; 436 proprietary schools; 48 professions encompassing more than 761,000 licensees plus 240,000 certified educators; and services for children and adults with disabilities.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

For more information:
Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to:

Commissioner Search
P.O. Box 127
Albany, NY 12201-0127

Nominations may be sent to the same address.

Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Last Updated: May 1, 2009

Former Commissioner Mills

Board of Regents
Current Members

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