Mary Beth Labate Appointed President of CICU

January 10, 2017

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York welcomes Mary Beth Labate as its eighth chief executive effective January 3, 2017. Ms. Labate succeeds Laura L. Anglin, CICU’s most recent president.

As president of CICU, Ms. Labate will be responsible for leading the organization’s state public policy advocacy, regulatory coordination and pre-college outreach efforts on behalf of the more than 100 private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and campus presidents in New York State. CICU also coordinates its advocacy efforts with the Council of Governing Boards (CGB), a statewide association representing the policy interests of more than 3,000 independent college and university trustees.

“CICU has a long-standing history of advocacy and service and I am quite proud to join an established organization with such an exemplary foundation of dedication to education,” said Ms. Labate. “I am grateful to Laura for her outstanding leadership and it is an honor to continue her extraordinary commitment to CICU.”

Ms. Labate’s appointment was made official last month by CICU’s Board of Trustees, which unanimously approved the recommendation of the search committee formed to choose Ms. Anglin’s successor. The search committee, composed of campus presidents from across New York State, chose Ms. Labate due to her exemplary record of public service and dedication to higher education.

“The search committee was extremely impressed with Mary Beth’s insight and with her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities within higher education,” said Kimberly Cline, President of Long Island University and Chair of the CICU Board of Trustees. “Her strategic vision and her expertise will have a tremendous and significant impact on the Independent Sector of higher education. I believe her transition will be smooth and she is more than prepared to take on the role of CICU president. She understands the needs and the dynamics of our campuses and I am certain she will lead CICU and its membership to even greater success.”

Ms. Labate has more than 30 years of experience in government and public policy. Most recently she served in the State University of New York (SUNY) as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Fiscal Policy. She spent 23 years in the New York State Budget Division, beginning with Governor Mario Cuomo and culminating in her appointment as Budget Director and First Deputy Budget Director for Governor Andrew Cuomo, where she was responsible for day to day operations of the Budget Division, and overall management of the State’s $154 billion financial plan. Ms. Labate was responsible for developing, negotiating and implementing the Executive Budget, economic and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning, capital financing and management of the State’s debt portfolio.

Ms. Labate has held a variety of leadership roles within the Budget Division, including in the higher education, human services, transportation, environment, and economic development sectors. In addition, she has served as Deputy Commissioner for Administration for the Division of Housing and Community Renewal and the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Ms. Labate has served on several boards, including the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), the Housing Finance Agency (HFA), the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC). She was chair of the Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants Program as well as the “Saving More to Achieve Richer Tomorrows” (SMART) Commission. Ms. Labate currently serves on the Rockefeller College Advisory Board.

A Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ms. Labate holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She lives in Saratoga with her husband Steven. They have three children.

About The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York
Founded in 1956, The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York represents the chief executives of New York’s 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor’s degrees (51%), master’s degrees (72%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (79%) earned in New York state.

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