Alumni: 84,000   Students: 17,500

Elizabeth Webster ’81

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Elizabeth Webster ’81
Retired / Assistant Director
University of Rochester Medical Center / Friends of Strong (volunteer)

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
I was an older adult woman who wanted to tie up some loose ends. I attended Smith College in the ‘50’s, but left to get married and raise a family. The best thing about SUNY Empire was its flexibility in all aspects of my plan. I was able to choose the courses I took and when I would take them. I was concerned about taking exams so I was told I would just have to write lots of papers. That’s just what I did, too.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
I was able to get credit for my prior college learning as well as for the volunteer experiences I had during the intervening years. Therefore my tenure at SUNY Empire was manageable with the rest of my responsibilities.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
There were many, but one that stands out is when the CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital told me that the program I designed, implemented and managed was working so well that it would become a permanent part of the hospital’s business plan.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
GO FOR IT! This college will work with you…for you.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
To support the future of Empire State College.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Because it gave me what I needed to do good work in many areas of my life in interesting times for women.