Le Moyne, MVCC Presidents share plans for reopening campus this Fall

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Syracuse, NY:  Three Upstate NY higher education leaders will participate in an online conversation titled Rebuild Upstate: Lessons from Education. The panelists will describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share their views on how their institutions plan to reopen this Fall. Registration is free at https://uvc.org/Rebuild-Upstate


Panelists for the August 6 conversation include:

  • Dr. Linda M. LeMura – President of Le Moyne College
  • Dr. Gerard Rooney – President of St. John Fisher College
  • Dr. Randall Van Wagoner – President of Mohawk Valley Community College

This event is the third Rebuild Upstate leadership conversation organized by Upstate Venture Connect. According to UVC CEO Nasir Ali, “Higher education institutions are the jewels of Upstate communities. They are big drivers of our economy and global brands drawing the best and brightest talent to our region every year. The pandemic has created severe disruptions in the higher ed business model and the Upstate business community is eager to see how they can assist these institutions as they transition to new modes of education.”


The Rochester Beacon, a nonprofit digital news publication is partnering with UVC on this effort to share a wide selection of leaders’ views from across the region. Beacon publisher and serial healthcare entrepreneur Alex Zapesochny will moderate the discussion. “Higher education institutions have experienced unprecedented challenges from COVID-19,” said Zapesochny.  “Understanding what these leaders have learned and how they plan to move forward is a big element of our region’s rebound.”


The CNY Business Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Herkimer Times-Telegraph will also be covering the event as media partners. RSVP at https://uvc.org/Rebuild-Upstate


About Upstate Venture Connect

Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is a 501c3 public nonprofit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Our mission is to empower and connect Upstate NY entrepreneurs to the people and resources needed for building high-growth companies. To these ends, UVC hosts Upstate Unleashed, an annual conference and awards luncheon that celebrates the top CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders in Upstate NY for their contributions. UVC also hosts a region-wide events calendar and a communications platform that reaches over 16,000 founders and startup supporters. The UNY50 Leadership Network is another signature resource. Membership is invitation-only for individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster, and who are committed to paying it forward. Learn more > UVC.org


About Rochester Beacon

The Rochester Beacon is a digital publication and community forum in Rochester, N.Y., that provides an in-depth look at the region’s complex challenges. One of a growing number of nonprofit journalism efforts around the world, the Rochester Beacon publishes news articles, analysis and commentaries that shed light on issues of public interest.


Nasir Ali, CEO

Upstate Venture Connect



Alex Zapesochny, Publisher

Rochester Beacon


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