Henrik Dullea, Cornell vice president for university relations emeritus, has been appointed to a four-year term as a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His term began July 1.
"It was a great honor to be appointed to the state university board of trustees by Gov. Cuomo," Dullea said. "I believe the governor, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and chairman of the board Carl McCall have been working collaboratively to strengthen the state university for the years ahead, and I am delighted to have a chance to be part of that process."
As vice president for university relations from 1991 to 2003, Dullea was principal media spokesperson and governmental affairs representative of the university. He played a key role in securing operating and capital funding for Cornell from the state of New York and was instrumental in the state's decision to make new investments in academic research institutions. Dullea retired from Cornell in 2005 as senior consultant to the president.
Dullea is a 1961 Cornell graduate in government and received a Ph.D. from Syracuse's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in political science in 1982. As director of state operations and policy management for former Gov. Mario Cuomo from 1983 to 1991, he directed the day-to-day activities of more than 65 New York state departments and agencies. He also served former Gov. Hugh Carey as assistant secretary to the governor for education and the arts and as a legislative budget analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee.
Among other awards, Dullea received the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award of the New York State Academy for Public Administration and the Distinguished Service Medal of the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of "Charter Revision in the Empire State: The Politics of New York's 1967 Constitutional Convention" and co-editor of "Decision 1997: Constitutional Change in New York."
In Ithaca he has served as president of the board of trustees of the Tompkins County Public Library, as chair of the board of directors of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, as a member of the board of directors of Kendal at Ithaca, and as a member of the advisory council of Tompkins Community Action, the county's anti-poverty agency.