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Meeting of the Board of Regents | July 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:00am


The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents



David M. Steiner


Associate Commissioner of P-12 Special Education


July 13, 2010





Executive Summary


Issue for Decision

Will the Board of Regents approve my appointment of Rebecca Cort as Associate Commissioner for the Office of Special Education Services within the Office of P-12 Education?


Reasons for Consideration


              Rebecca Cort is currently serving as Deputy Commissioner in the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  Dr. Cort has served in this capacity since February 2004.  As part of her responsibilities, she oversees special education, vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in New York State including oversight of regional offices throughout New York State with over 700 employees.  With the Regents approval of restructuring the Department and the movement of the Office of Special Education under the jurisdiction of the Office of P-12 Education, Dr. Cort has requested and it is recommended that she retain responsibility for special education in this new capacity as Associate Commissioner.

Proposed Handling

The Board of Regents will review the candidate’s credentials and experience in Executive Session on July 19, 2010.



I recommend that you take the following action.

VOTED, that the Board of Regents approve the appointment of Rebecca Cort to the position of Associate Commissioner of P-12 Education effective September 1, 2010, or such earlier date as the Board of Regents approves the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner for Adult Education and Workforce Development.  In such case, the effective date of Dr. Cort’s appointment as Associate Commissioner shall correspond to the effective date of the appointment of the Deputy Commissioner for Adult Education and Workforce Development.