Dr. Betty Rosa has been elected as chancellor of the Board of Regents, and Andrew Brown has been elected as the vice chancellor of the Board of Regents.
A statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Chair Cathy Nolan read, “Dr. Rosa has established a reputation as an outstanding educator and a fierce advocate for students facing adversity. She has dedicated herself to helping children who face challenges such as poverty, disabilities, emotional hardship and language barriers. Her commitment to removing educational obstacles demonstrates her devotion to putting our children first.
“Vice Chancellor Brown is an accomplished attorney and is rated at the highest level for both his ability and ethical standards. His integrity and experience as a college educator will undoubtedly ensure that education remains a top priority in New York.”
“Both regents have demonstrated their commitment to maintaining the highest standards of education for children across New York State,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “We are confident Chancellor-elect Rosa and Vice Chancellor-elect Brown will continue to honor New York State’s commitment to providing every child with the most equitable high-quality education.”
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) congratulated Rosa and Brown on their elections. NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said union members hoped the selection of Rosa, of the Bronx, and Brown, of Rochester, two weeks after the legislature’s vote to appoint three new regents signals a new era for the state’s education policymaking body.
“We congratulate Chancellor Rosa and Vice Chancellor Brown and hope today helps to build a more collaborative and positive working relationship with all the regents,” Magee said. “There is a lot of hard work ahead. Yet we are optimistic that students, parents and educators will have a more meaningful voice in fixing New York standards; reducing the burden of standardized testing; and creating a fair and objective evaluation system. New York’s public schools will be better off when the regents completely achieve these goals, and we urge them to press ‘fast forward’ on the process.”
NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino noted Rosa attended public schools and graduated from CUNY’s City College before earning advanced degrees from CUNY and a doctorate from Harvard University. She said Rosa’s work as a bilingual paraprofessional, teacher, special education administrator and superintendent—and her ongoing role as a mentor for doctoral students in education—provide her with an ideal set of skills and experiences to identify with New York’s diversity of students and school districts.
“Chancellor Rosa is passionate about the power of public education. She sees our public schools and colleges as guiding lights to a brighter future for each and every child,” Fortino said. “Her intellect, breadth of real-world experience, lifelong commitment to students and teachers, and her care in using proven research in decision-making make her an excellent choice to lead the Regents as their chancellor.” In addition, Fortino said, Rosa’s deep knowledge about teacher education will help strengthen the profession.
“Betty Rosa’s reputation as a strong, determined leader speaks for itself. Rosa’s advocacy on behalf of special needs students and English language learners has been second to none, and she has been a strong voice against a one-size-fits-all, test-centric system,” said Assemblyman Ed Ra. “Her nomination is a great testament to the activism of teachers and parents throughout New York State who have pushed for meaningful change to a system that has been too often focused on high-stakes testing rather than true classroom learning.”