Former Bronx Superintendent Dr. Betty Rosa Elected Chancellor, NYS Board of Regents

Former Bronx superintendent, Dr. Betty Rosa was elected as Chancellor of the Board of Regents yesterday. Andrew Brown was elected Vice Chancellor of the Board of Regents.


In a statement, Speaker Carl E. Heastie said that the two regents have a demonstrated commitment to maintaining the highest standards of education and providing every child with the most equitable high quality education across New York State.  Speaker Heastie said he expected both educators to ensure that education remains a top priority in New York.


Dr. Betty Rosa, Chancellor-elect of the NYS Bd of Regents.

Dr. Betty Rosa, Chancellor-elect of the NYS Bd of Regents.

“Dr. Rosa has established a reputation as an outstanding educator and a fierce advocate for students facing adversity. She has dedicated herself to helping children who face challenges such as poverty, disabilities, emotional hardship and language barriers. Her commitment to removing educational obstacles demonstrates her devotion to putting our children first,” said Speaker Heastie.


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. called Dr. Rosa a “longtime ally, close advisor and a dear friend.” He praised her colleagues on the New York State Board of Regents for electing Dr. Rosa to serve as chancellor.


“I have worked closely with Dr. Rosa throughout my career as an elected official, first in the New York State Assembly and now as Bronx Borough President. Dr. Rosa is a fighter for our children, and during her years of service as a member of the New York State Board of Regents she has demonstrated her passion on education through her advocacy on a myriad of issues. She is fiercely independent, and has never shied away from criticizing the powers-that-be when she feels they have erred,” said Diaz.


Dr. Betty has extensive experience as a New York City public school teacher, local superintendent and as a member of the Board of Regents.


“Dr. Betty Rosa is the very definition of a trailblazer—the first Latina to serve in this position, and the first Bronxite, as well—and I am proud and excited that my good friend has been selected as the Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents. I look forward to continuing to work with her towards greater education outcomes for children not only in The Bronx, but across this city and this state,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


Vice Chancellor Brown is described as an accomplished attorney who is highly regarded for both his ability and his integrity.

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