During one of her first visits in the 64 SUNY campus circuit, SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson recently spoke with Morrisville State College faculty and staff about energy and environmental goals and the importance of small business innovation and entrepreneurship.

“I’ve never been to a college like Morrisville State,” Johnson said. “It’s applied learning on steroids.”

The chancellor delivered the keynote address at the college’s learning summit, “Sustainability and Growth in the 21st Century Workplace to Ensure New York’s Economic Growth.” The summit supported applied learning initiatives on campus and showcased the college’s efforts to prepare students for 21st century careers that will support the economic growth and stability of New York State.

Throughout the day, Chancellor Johnson met with Morrisville State College President David Rogers, several advisory boards and learned about the college’s latest initiatives, before meeting with students.

“I’m very passionate about this. I want to be your partner. I want to use my experiences to bring staying power to this community,” she said.

In addition to promoting excellence in research and teaching, Chancellor Johnson is focused on environmental sustainability.

Johnson also plans to boost SUNY’s role as an economic and job-creating engine for the state and sees SUNY colleges as providing the industry with skilled graduates.

Kristi Andersen, chair of the College Council, expressed her excitement over the new chancellor’s plans.

“She is going to be a great supporter and partner for SUNY Morrisville,” Andersen said. “She is a wonderful match with what we are doing here.”