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Meet Obama's Favorite College Leader: Nancy Zimpher

State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher speaks at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washing
State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher speaks at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, after President Barack Obama spoke at an event highlighting efforts to support opportunities for college education. At left is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The next time President Obama touts a new higher education plan, look around. You’ll likely find Nancy L. Zimpher in the background.

Zimpher, the chancellor of the State University of New York system, has become the White House’s go-to college president.

The love reached new heights Thursday, when Zimpher was picked from nearly 100 college presidents at the White House to brief the press corps with Press Secretary Jay Carney. “I think you’d make a great White House press secretary,” Carney joked as Zimpher stepped down from the podium.

But her star turn in the briefing room was just the latest in what’s become a fruitful partnership with the administration.

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