Henry “Hank” Foley, the president of New York Institute of Technology, was elected as a board member of Melville-based Accelerate Long Island, a collaboration of research and academic institutions and business leaders that aims to support the growth of high-tech startup companies.

New York Tech is an accredited not-for-profit university with undergraduate and graduate programs across six schools and colleges. The institution has a focus on research, innovation, and entrepreneurship through its high-tech facilities, including the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences’ Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center.

New York Tech is a co-applicant to Accelerate Long Island’s grant application to administer the Long Island Innovation Hot Spot – an incubator that carries the “additional responsibility to coordinate regional entrepreneurial ecosystems,” according to Empire State Development. One of the hot spot’s latest initiatives is to fill a gap in microscopy resources in the Long Island region and expand its research footprint.

Foley holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, master’s degree from Purdue University, and doctorate from Penn State, all in chemistry. He has dedicated more than 30 years toward advancing the study of nanotechnology.

Foley holds 16 patents, wrote more than 150 articles and a textbook, the second edition of which appeared in June 2021.

He is a trustee at Providence College and a member of the board of the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York and the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education.

Foley also serves on the board of directors of the Lincoln Center Business Improvement District and the Long Island Association.

“It is inherent in our mission to educate the workforce of the future to support research and scholarship that benefit society – this involves both innovation and collaboration with industry leaders,” Foley said in a statement.

“Joining forces with Accelerate LI and working in partnership with its other directors will help foster opportunity and spur growth within the Long Island ecosystem,”.

“New York Tech is a regional leader in fostering innovation, supporting startups, and educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, and Dr. Foley’s experience will add to Accelerate Long Island’s deep bench of expertise,” Stacey Sikes, Accelerate LI board chair and vice president of Government Affairs and Communications at the Long Island Association.