Upstate News

July 12, 2005
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Carl Wiezalis of SUNY Upstate Medical University elected president of State University of New York Faculty Senate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Carl P. Wiezalis, professor of cardiorespiratory sciences in the College of Health Professions at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Faculty Senate. His term began July 1. Wiezalis’ election marks the first time a SUNY Upstate faculty member has been elected president of the SUNY Faculty Senate.

“I am honored by the confidence my colleagues have shown in me,” said Wiezalis, who has been a member of the SUNY Faculty Senate for nearly 20 years. “I look forward to collaborations that will enhance SUNY’s efforts in the areas of enrollment, philanthropy, sponsored research and in moving the university forward.”

The SUNY Faculty Senate serves as a resource on governance for the University and serves as a deliberative body on educational policies for the SUNY System. The SUNY Faculty Senate comprises representatives from SUNY schools.

As president of the SUNY Faculty Senate, Wiezalis will oversee efforts to enhance the quality of instruction at the campuses, to market the state university system, and to increase accountability and overall effectiveness of the education SUNY provides. Day-to-day responsibilities include presiding at Senate and Executive Committee meetings, and representing faculty and professional staff at Board of Trustees meetings.

In addition, the president also meets regularly with the chancellor, vice chancellors and has ongoing responsibility to monitor the effectiveness of the implementation of policies and practices that originated with the Senate and its standing committees.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 413,000 students in 6,688 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.

Weizalis has taught respiratory therapy at SUNY Upstate for 36 years and has served as department chair for 27 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Syracuse University.

He is a past president of the American Association for Respiratory Care and is co-chair of the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s President’s Mentorship Development Committee and the President’s Committee on Multiculturalism and Pluralism. He is a representative to Levin Institute’s Curriculum Committee and is an author and co-author of numerous respiratory articles and education-related journal articles and letters.

Wiezalis resides in the town of Onondaga.

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