This is a press release from Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Tompkins Cortland Community College President Orinthia Montague has been selected to serve on the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board. Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the board on Tuesday to help guide the state’s re-opening strategy. The advisory board will be chaired by Former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow and includes over 100 business, community, and civic leaders from industries across the state. Montague is one of eight college and university presidents to serve. A list of the members of the advisory board is available on the Governor’s website.
“This is a crucial time for our college and our state. As we prepare for the next phase of our response to this pandemic, I’m honored to represent the College and our community as part of the Governor’s advisory board,” said Montague. “This board includes many of our state’s most dynamic leaders, and I thank the Governor for his wisdom in putting together this diverse group. This pandemic has hit us all hard, but it’s time to work on moving forward. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of that discussion.”
“We’ve come up with a phased plan to re-open New York so every region in the state has the same opening template as we begin this process,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have to be smart about this – emotions can’t drive our re-opening process – and we’ve come up with factual data points that each region must monitor as they begin to re-open. We’ve also created a New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board made up of business, academic, community and civic leaders from across the state to help guide this process and ensure businesses are following the necessary guidelines to preserve public health as we work towards a new normal.”