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The head of the SUNY system has written to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, responding to concerns she has raised about diversity issues at the College at Brockport.

Warren wrote to SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson late last month, expressing what she called her “grave concern and frustration” about the situation involving former Chief Diversity Officer Cephas Archie.

Archie was fired last month, although Brockport officials say they were not able to provide detail over why he was let go, because it was a personnel matter.

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Heidi Macpherson, president at The College at Brockport, has won this year's ATHENA Award.

The annual honor goes to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the advancement of women.

Macpherson credited her parents for instilling in her a sense of what was possible very early in her life, by setting an expectation.

"My mother started almost every conversation with me as a child with the words, 'When you go to college,' " she recalled.