Walczyk Named Top Minority Member on Higher Education Committee

Selection Puts Walczyk in Strong Position to Fight for Northern New York Colleges and Students

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk announced Friday that he has been named the Assembly’s Ranking Member on the Higher Education Committee.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee conducts a thorough review of policy initiatives and budget funding that aims to provide the best possible education for college students.  Walczyk represents five colleges throughout St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.  During his first term as Assemblyman, Walczyk strived to cultivate excellent relationships with the SUNY schools and private institutions peppered throughout the 116 Assembly District.  As Ranker, Walczyk will help craft, review and debate legislative proposals that impact colleges across New York, especially those in Northern New York.

“Assemblyman Walczyk has been a true partner with the higher education community in the North Country,” said Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University.   “We know firsthand at Clarkson that he has taken the time to get to know students, faculty and staff and has seen the impact of our education, research and community outreach that make the world a better place.   He will bring tremendous insights to the Higher Education Committee and its contributions to sustainable economic and workforce development.”

“I congratulate New York State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk for being named the ranking member on the Standing Committee on Higher Education. Assemblyman Walczyk has been deeply engaged on the issues affecting higher education here in the North Country, and we are grateful for his continued leadership. As the current chair of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley and a member of the board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), I look forward to speaking with Mr. Walczyk about the challenges and opportunities we face as we work to help students meet their goals, even in this most unprecedented time,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg.

“Assemblyman Walczyk has been a tremendous partner to SUNY Canton since he was elected in 2018,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “As Ranking Member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, we know will be a strong advocate for our students, for SUNY, and for higher education throughout New York State.”

“I offer my congratulations to Assemblyman Mark Walczyk on his leadership appointment to the NYS Assembly’s Standing Committee on Higher Education.  Assemblyman Walczyk understands the important role of higher education in driving economic stability and growth in the North Country region. He is approachable and open minded, often soliciting feedback from Jefferson on proposed legislation and potential impacts to higher education.  Assemblyman Walczyk can be counted on as a strong partner of and champion for Jefferson and all academic institutions in the 116th District,” said SUNY President of Jefferson Community College, Ty A. Stone, PhD.

St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox said, “Assemblyman Mark Walczyk is very well-informed about the issues facing higher education in New York and, particularly, in the North Country. I know this is true because we have had extensive conversations about vital programs such as TAP and HEOP. I am confident he will work hard to serve the best interests of students in our world-class colleges and universities.”

“I’ve personally strived to build great relationships with colleges across the Front Yard of America and I’m incredibly humbled to be named to this leadership role on the Higher Education Committee,” said Assemblyman Mark Walczyk.  “I’m looking forward to diving into the policy work of the committee and fighting for common-sense policy that will improve colleges across the state, especially ones in the Front Yard of America.”

In addition to serving as Ranker on the Higher Education Committee, Walczyk will as serve as a member of the following Committees during the 2021-2022 Legislative Session:

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Cities
  • Social Services
  • Corrections
  • Rural Resources