Chatting with Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chapey Re-elected to Regents
Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey was re-elected by a joint session of the New York State Assembly and Senate to a second five year term on the New York State Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey was initially elected to a five year term in 1998.
The University of the State of New York is the nation’s most comprehensive and unified educational system. It consists of all elementary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, professions, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and such other institutions, organizations, and agencies as may be admitted to The University. The concept of The University of the State of New York is a broad term encompassing all the institutions, both public and private, offering education in the State.
Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey is a professor at CUNY with an earned doctorate from Fordham University. She is a past president of Community School Board 27, New York City Board of Education. Dr. Chapey has served as the Academic Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at St. Johns University where she was responsible for the organization, administration and supervision of graduate and undergraduate programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Professional Diplomas and Doctoral degrees. Before joining the University, Dr. Chapey served as an administrator in the New York City Board of Education directing and supervising city-wide programs on both the secondary and elementary levels in general and in special education.
For her significant contributions to education, numerous honors have been bestowed on Dr. Chapey: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (Dowling College), citations in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of Intellectuals and Who’s Who of Women, Distinguished Leadership, Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society International, Woman of the Year, National Council of Administrative Women in Education, Fordham University School of Education Alumni Achievement Award, Educator of the Year, Association of Teachers of New York, Distinguished Woman of Achievement, New York City Council, Outstanding Achievement Award, New York City Speech Language and Hearing Association Award, Leader of the Year, The Emerald Society of the Board of Education, Esse Non Videri, St. Joseph’s College, Trailblazer Award, Queens Women’s Center, and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Education Leader, School for Language and Communication, Achievement award, New York Families for Autistic Children.
As a Regent, Dr. Chapey is the chair of the subcommittee on Audits, the vice chair of the Committee on Professions and a member of the Higher Education and VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities) committees.
The New York State Regents are responsible for mny of the programs that run in schools throughout the state and for maintaining high standards for the students who attend schools throughout the state.
A Task Force was recently established to develop a needs assessment, a vision, a mission, goals and strategies to accomplish this dramatic change. The Task Force documented that the lack of college and university support services for students with disabilities, coupled with physical barriers to full access to campuses had worked together to deny New York State’s students with disabilities the opportunity to pursue a post secondary career. A bill has now been introduced to establish a funding program for the improvement of service for students with disabilities at institutions for higher education in New York State.
The New York State Board of Regents develops policy has always been to provide quality education to enable all of New York’s students to achieve all that they are capable of being and to function in the adult world.