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October 22, 2019
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Statement from Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown and Interim Commissioner Beth Berlin on the Passing of Regent Judith Johnson

“Together with our colleagues on the Board of Regents, we mourn the passing of Judith Johnson – a visionary, pioneer and true educational leader. In a career that spanned decades, above all else, Judith was dedicated to the pursuit of educational equity and excellence for all children.

“Judith’s leadership was legendary at the local, state and national levels. In 2008 she received the NYS School Superintendent of the Year award, making her the first African American to receive that honor. Immediately upon her appointment to the Board of Regents in 2015, she continued her unrelenting advocacy for state policies aimed at lifting up all students. While we are deeply saddened by Judith’s passing, we take comfort in the knowledge that she positively impacted the lives of countless students. Her legacy of caring and compassion will live on.”