It's been many years since Glenn Goldberg '80 made the decision to attend The College at Brockport. "My experience at Brockport was incredibly important and provided an educational foundation that was critical to my future," he says. "For a number of reasons, especially financial, I focused my search on SUNY schools, and I chose Brockport because of my interest in public policy and the school's outstanding Washington Semester Program."
Goldberg grew up in New York City and was the first in his family to attend college. He spent his first three years on campus before taking advantage of internship opportunities during his senior year. He worked at the United Nations in the fall of that year and with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in the spring through the Washington Program. He went on to earn a degree in political science.
Through his opportunities at Brockport, Goldberg was able to forge a highly successful professional career in both the public and private sectors. He is currently president of the Commodities and Commercial Markets division for McGraw Hill Financial. In that capacity, he oversees three companies — J.D. Power & Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction and Platts, the leading energy pricing and information service in the world.
Even though he graduated some 33 years ago, Goldberg's connection to his alma mater remains as strong as ever. He is in his 15th year of serving on the Brockport Foundation Board of Directors, which makes him the longest serving current member. He and his wife, Kim, also give back to the College in the form of the Glenn S. Goldberg Scholarship, which supports full semester student internships.
"We wanted to encourage students to combine experiential education with classroom education. Unfortunately, many students cannot pursue internships because of financial pressure. Hopefully, we can help bridge the gap and provide opportunities that might not otherwise have been available," says Goldberg.
Once of the most rewarding benefits to supporting a scholarship is being able to hear from the recipients, and Goldberg has heard from many both in-person and through letters he's received.
"I get a chance to chat a little with them about my experience, which remains relevant today," he says. "It's like looking in the mirror from 35 years ago."
Goldberg speaks passionately about the importance of private support for Brockport. It's especially significant considering the College is in the midst of a comprehensive $25 million campaign named Pursue Something Greater. He says there are two fundamental goals of the campaign. The first is to address the financial requirements for student, faculty and academic support, facilities and the Fund for Brockport. While tapping the College's dedicated and generous alumni and friends to achieve the bulk of the campaign's goal, Goldberg notes Pursue Something Greater also wants to encourage a connection and mindset of giving with current students who have a vested interest in the future of Brockport.
"We really want to create a culture of engagement and philanthropy with students," says Goldberg. "We hope the campaign not only exceeds our ambitious financial goals but also makes it possible for the College to maintain strong and lasting connections with its graduates."
His feelings for Brockport haven't waivered since his time as a student. Goldberg is thoroughly impressed with how actively involved professors and administrators were in his academic career — something he sees continuing today.
"You can go to Brockport knowing full well that you'll get a superb education," he says. "You'll meet wonderful faculty deeply committed not only to their academic craft but also to your success as a student and a person. Plus you'll make lifelong friends.
"I've never felt more confident about the quality of a Brockport education, especially given the growing divergence between the cost of private and public university education. Brockport is a wonderful, nurturing institution and a remarkable value in education."
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