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VICE PRESIDENT NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/31/1961 - HFSID 100892

GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE REGARDING HIS PLANS FOR IMPROVING HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW YORK   NELSON ROCKEFELLER. Partly Printed DS: "Nelson A Rockefeller" as Governor of New York on last page, 8p, 9½x16, separate sheets.

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GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE REGARDING HIS PLANS FOR IMPROVING HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW YORK
 
NELSON ROCKEFELLER. Partly Printed DS: "Nelson A Rockefeller" as Governor of New York on last page, 8p, 9½x16, separate sheets. Albany, New York, 1961 January 31. On State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead "To the Legislature". Begins: "The future of America - her strength and leadership as a nation of free men - depends upon maximum opportunity for the individual development of her citizens. The future progress of the State of New York likewise rests upon individual self-development and self-realization which must provide the leadership, productivity, inventive genius and spiritual and cultural growth of oncoming generations. This self-realization relies importantly upon educational opportunity for all who have the desire and the capacity to make use of it. In a world of unmatched scientific progress and technological advance - and of unparalled danger to human freedom - learning has never been more crucial to man's safety, progress and individual fulfillment. In such a world, higher education no longer is a luxury in aid of the good life; it is a necessity for strength, fulfillment and survival. Increased opportunities for higher education therefore are vital...." The Governor then outlines his program "to help provide these opportunities...." His program outlines:Student Aid, including a "New York State Scholar Incentive Program", "An Expanded Scholarship Program" and "An Expanded Program of Loans to Students:; Campus Construction; Expansion of State University, including "Two Comprehensive Graduate Centers", "Colleges of Education" and "Two-year Colleges"; Public Higher Education in New York City; Tuition Policies in Public Higher Education; Improving Educational Techniques, College and University Management and Utilization of Facilities; A Master Plan for Expansion of Medical Education; and, Long-Range Planning for the Future of Higher Education. Rockefeller also includes this recommendation to achieve these goals: "It is appropriate that the Board of Regents, in accordance with their constitutional responsibilities, should at regular intervals conduct a review of all aspects of higher education in the State. I recommend that at least once every four years the Board of Regents make such a review and, based upon information from all higher education sources, public and private, including the master plan which the State University is required to prepare and submit together with any plan of the New York City Board of Higher Education, make its recommendations to the Governor and to the Legislature." His communication concludes: "Faced as we are with the need, supplied as we are with thoughtful studies of how to meet that need, I urge your Honorable Bodies now to take the action which will provide students with financial assistance and assure opportunities for higher education of excellence in such number as to meet the needs of today while building soundly for the needs of tomorrow." Under Rockefeller's leadership, the State University of New York became the largest system of public higher education in the U.S. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979), the son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was Governor of New York from 1959-1973, during which time he twice sought the Republican Presidential nomination (1964 and 1968). During WWII, he had served as Assistant Secretary of State. In 1974, Gerald Ford, who had assumed the presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, appointed Rockefeller as his Vice President under the provisions of the 25th Amendment. Rockefeller, who served as Vice President until 1977, declined to seek the 1976 GOP nomination. At the time of his death, Rockefeller was worth approximately $1 billion. Ink note (unknown hand) beneath signature: "Ordered, that said message be printed and referred to the Committee on [stamped "Finance"]". "Finance" written in pencil (unknown hand) at upper right corner of first page, which also has a "State of New York, in Senate, Jan 31 1961" receipt stamp, another stamp at upper left margin: "A message from the Governor was received and read in the words following". Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Signature page is chipped at upper left and mid-right blank edges, upper right blank corner torn away. Staple holes at upper left blank corners, 2 file holes at upper blank margins. Stray ink marks at left margins of first page, which is lightly soiled at blank margins, and at left margins of following pages. Overall, fine and interesting.

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