You might say it was the first day of school Thursday for SUNY Upstate Medical University’s new president. Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena has spent the past three months or so getting to know the university and the community it serves. She calls the transition between her appointment in September and today "marvelous."
"I've been anticipating the first day, and I'm thrilled."
She says one of her themes is to connect science and education to the work they need to do at Upstate. She says there has to be a focus on tackling Syracuse’s high rate of poverty.