Ehrenberg Appointed SUNY Trustee

Professor will help guide nation's largest comprehensive university
Ehrenberg Appointed SUNY Trustee
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ronald G. Ehrenberg has been confirmed as a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees by the New York State Senate.

Cornell's Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, Ehrenberg will serve a term that ends in June 2013.

SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States.  It educates nearly 465,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

Ehrenberg, a nationally-known labor economist and expert on the economics of higher education, is the director of the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute (

He has served as a consultant to faculty and administrative groups and trustees at a number of colleges and universities on issues relating to tuition and financial aid policies, faculty compensation policies, faculty retirement policies, and other budgetary and planning issues

"Ronald Ehrenberg's training and experience as an economist, his many years of service as a member of the Cornell faculty and administration, and his research on higher education will be an invaluable asset to SUNY," Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden said after Ehrenberg’s confirmation Tuesday. "I welcome Ron to the board and look forward to the benefit of his wise counsel."

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "Ronald Ehrenberg has already been hard at work for SUNY as a member of the group helping to develop SUNY's strategic plan. I appreciate Ron's commitment and dedication and look forward to working with him in his new role as a trustee."

Ehrenberg, nominated to the post by Governor David A. Paterson in May 2009, said participating in SUNY's strategic planning process and on the search committee for its provost has helped prepare him for his trustee role.

Ehrenberg, his wife, his two sisters, three nieces and one of his sons were educated through the SUNY system.

"I am delighted to help repay my debt to SUNY through my service on the SUNY board," Ehrenherg said.

The 17-member SUNY Board of Trustees is SUNY's governing body.  Trustees serve on a voluntary basis without compensation.

Ehrenberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell and an elected member of the Cornell Board of Trustees. From July 1, 1995, to June 30, 1998, he served as Cornell's vice president for Academic Programs, Planning and Budgeting.

Ehrenberg received a bachelors's degree from Harpur College, now the liberal arts college of the State University of New York at Binghamton.  He received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.  SUNY awarded him an honorary Ph.D. in 2008.

A member of the Cornell faculty for 35 years, he has authored or

co-authored more than 120 papers and authored or edited 21 books.

Ehrenberg was the founding editor of "Research in Labor Economics," and served a 10-year term as co-editor of the "Journal of Human Resources."

He has served, or is serving, on several editorial boards and as a consultant to numerous governmental agencies and commissions and university and private research corporations.