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Jack Hagen
Director of Construction
State University Construction Fund (SUNY)

“What you can't pick up until you experience it is the quality of the teaching and the classroom experience with your fellow students. It's a small cohort of students that go through at any one time. The interaction and the involvement of the professors—they’re all full professors, they're tops in their field—it is just incredible. I can’t say high enough marks for the experience that I've had here at Cornell.”

I am director of construction for the State University Construction Fund in Albany, and we're responsible for all the capital construction for the entire SUNY system, which includes the four land grant colleges here at Cornell. I am a civil engineer by undergraduate education and a licensed professional engineer in New York.

I was looking to go back to school and get a graduate degree, but I wanted it related to something that was going to work for my advancement in my career, make me more competitive, broaden my horizons. I did not need any more technical education: my civil engineering degree and 30 years in the construction industry has provided that. But I did need to expand my understanding of management and workplace issues. I deal a lot with the unions and collective bargaining, and the management of a large professional staff as well. And I needed to expand my education in that area.

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