College President to Speak at Chamber of Commerce

SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian has been invited to speak at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce holiday breakfast meeting that will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. 

The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce holiday breakfast meeting allows local business leaders to network and get updated on current events. College Spokesperson Chrissie Williams claims that SUNY New Paltz’s participation in this event will also be beneficial to students with employment and internship opportunities that may arise from these local business connections.

According to their website, the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocacy organization, which supports about 1,100 members through business connections. The organization provides opportunities and resources to members to help grow their business. With an emphasis on the promotion of member businesses, the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce (UCRCC) “provides leadership, dynamic programs and business advocacy,” which makes the Ulster County Chamber the Voice and Choice of Businesses in the Ulster County Region. 

The UCRCC reports SUNY New Paltz as the largest employer of Ulster County, reporting that the University has an impact of over $360 million on the economy.

The role of College Presidents are to represent their institutions to the community and surrounding region that the campus resides in. 

“This event allows SUNY New Paltz to share the community benefits that results from having such an intellectual and culture hub in their backyard,” Williams said.

During the holiday breakfast meeting, President Christian is expected to report updates on recent changes to the college along with building additions campus to the URCC members.

“We’d like people to be aware of the growing positive reputation of SUNY New Paltz as a top-tier public university,” Christian said in a recent interview with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We’re recognized regionally and nationally as the best value in public education. I think that’s something that is often underappreciated.”

Christian explained to the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce that SUNY New Paltz is currently working on developing “exciting” new programs that would provide different opportunities to students along with supporting the work demands of the Hudson Valley region. 

“One of our priorities as a university is to engage in and support the region economically, collaboratively and socially,” Christian said. “We see ourselves as everyone’s public university in the mid-Hudson region. What we’re really interested in is continuing to engage and support the region and having people from the Chamber come to campus is one way we felt we could do that to show our connection to the region.”