Saturday, May 18, 2024

Mayor fills University Council seat

Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest.



By Aleksandra Sidorova

Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest to the SUNY Plattsburgh University Council on Tuesday, May 7.

The University Council serves as “an advisory and oversight body to the campus and to the president and senior administration of SUNY Plattsburgh,” according to SUNY Plattsburgh’s website. Some of the council’s responsibilities include reviewing major plans from administration, budgets and budget requests, as well as making student conduct regulations.

The council has 10 members. Nine of the members are appointed by the governor for seven-year terms. The last member is the president of the Student Association, elected every year.

Rosenquest’s term expires in 2027, as he is filling a seat that has stayed vacant since 2020.

Rosenquest is a ’00 Plattsburgh alum, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He also served as writer and managing editor of Cardinal Points. Prior, he earned an associate’s degree at Clinton Community College. 

He went on to earn his master’s in technology management at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“As a proud alumnus of SUNY Plattsburgh, I look to serve on the University Council with humility and the hopes to make an impact on an institution that shaped and molded my future success,” Rosenquest is quoted to say in SUNY Plattsburgh’s news release May 7. 

Rosenquest has served as a rugby coach and referee at SUNY Plattsburgh. He also taught business management and computer science as an adjunct lecturer at both Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Rosenquest was elected mayor of the City of Plattsburgh in November 2020 for a term beginning in January 2021. He had previously served as a legislator for Area 9 on the Clinton County Legislature from January 2016 through December 2020.

Rosenquest serves on the New York Conference of Mayors as its second vice president. He also served as board liaison to the Strategic Tourism Planning Committee, a member of the Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County Board of Directors, a member of the Lake City Local Development Corporation Board of Directors and a member of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association.

Rosenquest and his family live in the City of Plattsburgh. He is the founder and managing partner of Chapter One Coffee and Tea in downtown Plattsburgh.

“I look forward to working with the members of the council and the many faculty, staff, and students who hold my respect and admiration for the work they do in our community,” Rosenquest is quoted to say in the news release. “I’m excited to serve and will do so to advance this institution that many have proudly attended.” 

Other University Council Members are Michael Cashman, ’03 and ’06 alum serving as Town of Plattsburgh supervisor; James Coffey, ’67 alum and professor emeritus of accounting; Anna Liem, ’96 and ’06 alum and retired RN-to-BSN program coordinator; and Christina Ubl, ’99 alum and financial planner at Clute Wealth Management. 

Two members’ terms end this year: ’69 and ’75 alum Sydney Sue Garrant and retired Minerva Central School principal Heidi Kelly were reappointed for their second terms in 2016. 

Kalema Gooding, who was recently elected Student Association president, will take the seat of current President Carter Mosher. Two seats remain open. 

University Council meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held Sept. 16 in the Hermes Conference Room in Au Sable Hall.

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