Our Speaker on January 22, 2015
Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus
New York State Board of Regents
Robert M. Bennett of Tonawanda was elected in 1995 to a five-year term as the Regent for the Eighth Judicial District at a Joint Session of the New York State Legislature, re-elected to a second five year term commencing on April 1, 2000, re-elected to a third five-year term effective April 1, 2005 and re-elected to a fourth five year term by concurrent resolution effective April 1, 2010. He was elected Chancellor by his colleagues in March 2002, re-elected in March of 2004 for a three-year term and in March of 2007 for a third term. In April, 2009, Bennett stepped down as Chancellor, continues to serve as a Regent representing Western New York, and the Board of Regents unanimously appointed Bennett as Chancellor Emeritus.
Chancellor Emeritus Bennett served as president and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County from 1985 until his retirement from United Way in December 2000. Prior to his United Way service, Chancellor Emeritus Bennett spent four years in local government positions serving the County Executive and Mayor, each for two years. Chancellor Emeritus Bennett graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and received a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY-Buffalo. He also completed the leadership program for not-for-profit CEOs at Harvard and the University of Michigan.
It was a great pleasure to hear Bob speak on educating our children!