Meeting of the Board of Regents | October 2007
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
The Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee
Appointment to the Committee on the Professions
October 10, 2007
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Board of Regents approve the appointment of Rebecca H. Cort, Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, to the Committee on the Professions?
Reason(s) for Consideration
Required by Rules of the Board of Regents
The question will come before the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee at its October 2007 meeting where it will be voted on and action taken. It will then come before the Full Board at its October 2007 meeting for final action.
Part 24 of the Rules of the Board of Regents establishes the Committee on the Professions and requires the appointment of members by the Board of Regents.
The Committee on the Professions (COP) was established by the Board of Regents to assist the Board in supervising admission to and regulation of the licensed professions. Composed of three Department officers designated by the Board, the COP considers atypical licensure cases wherein applicants seek to meet given requirements by submitting credentials that are the substantial equivalent in scope and content to those normally presented. The COP also makes final determinations concerning questions of moral character for purposes of initial licensure; hears, and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning requests for restoration of a professional license that has been revoked or surrendered; and reviews and makes recommendations to the Regents on proposed penalties in Consent Orders related to professional misconduct.
With the recent reorganization of the Department, several current COP members have taken on new responsibilities. Their full schedules have made it more difficult to plan meetings of the COP from which the requisite 3-member panel must be selected. In July 2007, the Board of Regents approved Robert Bentley’s appointment to serve on COP, but additional Committee members continue to be needed because of the busy schedules of all of the current members. Accordingly, I am recommending the addition of Rebecca H. Cort, Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, to the roster of COP members (attached). Both have expressed interest in participating in the licensing and disciplinary processes by serving on the COP, and each would be a valuable addition to the Committee.
VOTED: that the Board of Regents approve the attached roster of the Committee on the Professions, effective October 23, 2007.
Timetable for Implementation
Committee on the Professions
Roster of Members
(Effective October 23, 2007)
Kathy A. Ahearn, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs
Robert G. Bentley, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Teaching Initiatives
Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education
Rebecca H. Cort, Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Education - P-16
Steven M. Earle, Director of the Office for Diversity, Ethics and Access
Joseph P. Frey, Associate Commissioner, Office of Quality Assurance
Stanley S. Hansen, Jr., Executive Coordinator, Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs
Frank Munoz, Associate Commissioner, Office of the Professions
Erin O’Grady-Parent, Deputy Counsel
Leslie Templeman, Director of Management Operations, P-16