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July 21, 2008

LIA Chief Economist Pearl Kamer to Join Farmingdale State College Council

Leading advisor appointed to key position by Governor

Dr. Pearl Kamer
Dr. Pearl Kamer

Dr. Pearl M. Kamer has been appointed to the College Council by Governor David Patterson, Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen announced today. Her term will be July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012.

Dr. Kamer is the highly regarded Chief Economist for the Long Island Association. From 1966 until 1995, she served as Chief Economist for the Long Island Regional Planning Board. In addition, Kamer is an experienced educator, having taught urban and regional economics, global trade and public finance at numerous area colleges, including New York University. She has also directed global Trade Research Institutes at Long Island University and Adelphi University.

"Dr. Kamer is a professional of the highest caliber who will bring valuable experience and perspective to our very important governance system," Dr. Keen said. "I very much look forward to working with her, especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of Farmingdale State College in 2012."

Kamer joins the Farmingdale Council at a time of unparalleled growth on the campus in enrollment, research, and construction. The College recently announced $54.5 million in funding for several key projects, including nearly $30 million for a new building for the School of Business . The campus is also expected to break ground on a new $25 million Student Center in 2009. Enrollment at the campus-now 6,500-has soared 28 per cent since 2000.

The College Council serves in an advisory capacity to Farmingdale State. Each member brings his or her particular expertise to the college as well as advocacy on particular issues of importance to Farmingdale State . Members of the College Council meet with the college administration regularly to review college operations as well as new initiatives.

Active in the New York Metropolitan Economic Association and New York Regional Economists Society, Kamer served as president of both organizations. She currently serves as economic advisor to the Ways and Means Committee for the New York State Assembly, as a member of the Route 110 Redevelopment Corporation and as a board member for the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park.

The author of two books, The U.S. Economy in Crisis: Adjusting to the New Realities and Crisis in Urban Public Finance: A Case Study of Thirty-Eight Cities, Kamer earned both a PhD and MBA from New York University where her fields were public finance, urban and regional economics, corporate finance and business economics. She earned her BA from Queens College.