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Release: UUP members re-elect Fred Kowal to 4th term as president.
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October 26, 2020

Kowal re-elected as UUP president

Frederick E. Kowal has been re-elected to a fourth term as UUP president.

At its Oct. 23 virtual meeting, the union’s statewide Executive Board unanimously elected Kowal to a three-year term. Statewide Secretary-Treasurer Jeriluanne O’Bryan-Losee was also re-elected; she won her second three-year term.

Kowal and O’Bryan-Losee were running unopposed, which enabled the Board to approve their re-election.

Union delegates, who usually elect the union’s leaders in person, will elect a statewide membership development officer and eight Executive Board members in a special mail-ballot election without in-person voting. Paper ballots will be mailed out to delegates Oct. 28; ballots will be counted Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Delegates approved the mail-in election at a special virtual delegate assembly in September. The election was set to take place at the 2020 Spring Delegate Assembly; that event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kowal, of Warnerville, Schoharie County, is a professor of Political Science and Native American Studies at SUNY Cobleskill.

O’Bryan-Losee of Sherburne, Chenango County is the director of Science and Technology Programs (CSTEP & STEP) at SUNY Morrisville.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York State-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse.

UUP represents 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees, with members at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health sciences centers in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.