Regents could select Betty Rosa as next leader

Mar 9, 2016

The New York State Board of Regents is getting closer to selecting a new leader. Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch is not seeking another term. WBFO’s focus on education reporter Eileen Buckley checked-in with western New York Regent Representative Catherine Collins on three new board members recently appointed and future leadership. 

“I am so happy with the selection. We have two females and one Hispanic male,” said Regent Collins. She was reacting to the selection the newest members to the 17-member Board of Regents.

Collins said they have maintained their female majority. The new Regent Representatives come from Harlem, Manhattan and Syracuse. 

“If you look at their background, they’re educators and they are not just educators on paper, they have been out there in the trenches. They have been working hard, advocating for children,” remarked Collins.

Dr. Betty Rosa, Regent Representative.
Credit Photo from the NYS Board of Regents

But now board members must select a new leader. The vote is expected March 21st or 22nd.  One name that has surfaced as a possible contender is regent member Dr. Betty Rosa. She’s a former schools superintendent from the Bronx.

Collins won't revealed her decision to WBFO, but tells us Rosa is the name she's hearing most.

Regent Catherine Collins represents Western New York on the NYS Board of Regents.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

“And a couple of other people, but Betty Rosa’s name continues to be at the top of the list and the one who is being interviewed mostly about this position,” replied Collins.

Collins tells us she has 'worked extremely well' with Regent Rosa.   

“We worked real well together. Some of the issues that she had brought to our attention were issues that should have been brought to our attention as newbies on the Board of Regents and so, I’ve worked well with her and I don’t think that relationship is going to change," replied Collins.

Rosa’s biography says she was born in New York City, but raised for the first ten years of her life in Puerto Rico. Among her education experience -- Rosa has worked at the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual paraprofessional, teacher and reading coordinator.