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Bennett Steps Down as Regents Chancellor

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – State Board of Regents Chancellor Robert Bennett of Tonawanda is stepping down. He has served as chancellor since 2002. But Bennett says he will continue as a member of the Regents board.

"It has been an honor to serve all New Yorkers as Chancellor of the Board of Regents," said Bennett. "The Board has pushed to prepare New Yorkers to reach ever higher levels of achievement so they can succeed in today's fiercely competitive global environment. Guided by their parents and teachers, New York's children are meeting this challenge."

Bennett's decision to step down as chancellor follows a decision by Education Commissioner Richard Mills to resign at the end of the school year in June. Buffalo attorney Arnold Gardner announced earlier this week that he will not seek another five-year term on the Regents board.

The Regents are responsible for education policy in New York.