2013-05-03 / Columnists


Dr. Chapey Re-elected to Board of Regents
By Geraldine Chapey

Dr. Geraldine Chapey was re-elected by a joint session of the Senate and Assembly as a New York State Regent-University of the State of New York. Dr. Chapey represents the 11th Judicial District which encompasses Queens and the Rockaways. This is one more example of our recovery from Sandy

“The Board of Regents determines educational policy for the State and governs The University of the State of New York. The University is the most comprehensive and unified educational system in the United States. It includes over 7,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools, 248 public and private colleges and universities, 251 proprietary (for profit) schools almost 7,000 libraries, 750 museums and 25 public broadcasting facilities.

The Regents itself licenses and regulates more than half a million professions practicing in 47 fields including pharmacy, architecture, accounting, nursing and certifies 200,000 public school teachers, counselors and administrators.” (Material taken from the New York State Board of Regents Guiding a Unified Educational System)

Dr. Chapey brings to the office an earned doctorate from Fordham University, having formerly served as the academic dean at St. John’s University. Honors have been bestowed upon her by PDK, NYS Speech Language and Hearing Association, the Emerald Society and several certificates of Congressional Recognition.

Dr. Chapey has published widely on research in education, communications, business partnerships and parent education. She is the author of several books and coauthor of over one hundred published articles, research papers and pamphlets. Her books include Developing Speaking Skills and Ready for School. She also served as the Editor of the National Council for Administrative Women in Education Journal and as a columnist for professional and community newspapers.

Prior to joining the University, Dr. Chapey directed city-wide programs in general and in special education. She was the first Director of the NYC Board of Education’s Title I Nonpublic School Speech and Hearing. She initiated a model series of Parents in Partnerships Conferences throughout the five boroughs.

“The NYS Regents and The University of the State of New York are the only unified educational system across the country. Governor Theodore Roosevelt championed the movement to unify education at the turn of the 1900’s. Prior to this during the 19th century the Board of Regents had jurisdiction over private academies, colleges and cultural education. There was another department within the State that had jurisdiction over the public schools that were developing.

“Roosevelt said that education should be unified for the sake of greater efficiency, economy and entire harmony under the Board of Regents. Roosevelt’s efforts brought about the Unification Act of 1904. To this day that makes the Board of Regents a unified Department of Education.”

This unified system became part of the NYS Constitution in 1938. (Material taken from “Unified for Greater Efficiency published by the NYS Board of Regents.

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