A SUNY Cobleskill professor has been elected president of United University Professions.

Representatives to UUP’s 2013 Spring Delegate Assembly elected Fred Kowal as the union’s new president for a two-year term effective June 1.

Kowal, of Warnerville, will succeed Phillip H. Smith, who is retiring.

The 330 delegates attending the assembly in Albany on May 3 and 4 also elected two other statewide officers to two-year terms, according to a media release from the union.

Kowal, a social sciences professor at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, has been UUP chapter president at the Cobleskill campus twice, serving from 1993 until 2003 and again from 2011 to the present.

Kowal served as UUP’s statewide membership development officer from 1999 to 2003 and as a member of the union’s statewide executive board from 1995 to 1999 and again from 2012 to 2013.

UUP represents 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 state-operated campuses, and is an affiliate of New York State United Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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