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Letter: Loss of Bennett diminishes New York Board of Regents

Loss of Bennett diminishes New York Board of Regents

Before any more “leaders” issue their statements on the subject, I’d like to offer a personal perspective on retiring chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, Robert M. Bennett. During the 13 years I worked with this fine gentleman at the United Way, I learned three things about him: Bennett has dedicated his life to his family, and to improving the lives of every family in Western New York. Bennett has the courage to do what is right, even if that means that he must stand alone. And Bennett is the greatest teacher I have ever known.

Great teachers make you believe that you can change the world. Great teachers lead by example, and expect the best from you. Great teachers make you laugh, make you think and make you care. It’s rare to find someone in public life who is truly worthy of trust, and dedicated to the common good, and that is who Bennett has always been. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the policies and procedures of the ever-changing education system, the fact remains that the New York State Board of Regents is greatly diminished without Bennett.

Mary Quinlivan