Myra Kressner ’76 (Education) credits her degree in education with her later success in the business world. As senior vice president of Winsight Media LLC, a business she founded in 1990, Kressner demonstrates that the 7-12 English Education curriculum can lead to a successful career beyond the classroom.
“I think to a large extent it was the writing skills and public speaking classes that helped prepare me for where I am today,” said Kressner. “I want students to make the most of their time at New Paltz, because once they graduate, a whole range of opportunities can come their way.”
After beginning her publishing career 35 years ago at a New York-based firm publishing 30 consumer titles, Kressner found a niche in trade media and communication at Lebhar-Friedman. In 1990, Kressner co-founded CSP Information Group, currently the convenience and foodservice industries’ leading media company. As a publishing and marketing executive, she has built an impressive portfolio innovating print and web-based media, conference and trade show communication.
Kressner’s accomplishments make her a great match for the SUNY New Paltz Foundation where she serves as a board member. The alumna’s commitment to the Board allows her to give back to the College in a new way.
“I’ve always loved New Paltz but had never been involved as an alumna,” said Kressner. “But now I’m at the point in my personal life and career where I feel I do have some first-hand experience to offer as well.”
Founded in 1976, the Foundation works to enrich the quality of academic life at New Paltz by raising private contributions. Gifts to the Foundation enhance the teaching, learning, and discovery on campus.
“It’s very rewarding to me to be on the board,” said Kressner. “I’m excited to be at a point in my life where I’m able to contribute and give back to the College that gave me so much.”