NYSUT Higher Education Members of the Year for 2020 and 2021

Updated: May 7, 2021
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Barbara Bowen, Outgoing PSC President, Named NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year for 2021

Mike Fabricant, Former PSC Principal Officer and Legislative Representative, Named Higher Education Member of the Year for 2020

Barbara Bowen, a fierce advocate for workers, students and progressive causes, is returning to teaching after more than two decades as president of the Professional Staff Congress representing faculty and academic staff at CUNY. She was honored recently as Higher Education Member of the Year by PSC’s statewide affiliate, NYSUT.

During her 21 years as PSC president, Barbara Bowen has become an influential voice within the labor movement and higher education nationally. She has been an outspoken advocate for a labor movement in service of the entire working class and in opposition to racist austerity.

Mike Fabricant was named NYSUT Higher Education member of the Year in 2020, but awards were not able to be presented at the 2020 NYSUT RA because of the pandemic. He will complete his term as a university-wide officer of the PSC Executive Council this May. Mike has served as PSC legislative representative, first vice president, treasurer and vice president for senior colleges. In these positions he has been essential to every aspect of PSC work, from contract campaigns, to campus organizing, to legislative advocacy and coalition building.