Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of H. Carl McCall to serve as chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.
"Carl McCall will bring decades of experience in public service to the helm of the SUNY Board of Trustees," Governor Cuomo said. "His extensive financial background makes him the perfect leader for the Board as SUNY helps drive New York's economic development. I look forward to working with Carl and the SUNY trustees to maintain the access and affordability of our public universities, while building these schools into national leaders in research and innovation, which attract high-paying jobs to the Empire State."
Carl McCall has served on the SUNY Board of Trustees since 2007 and currently chairs both the SUNY Finance and Administration Committee and the State University Construction Fund. From 1993 to 2002 Mr. McCall served as Comptroller of the State of New York, where as Chief Fiscal Officer of the state, he was responsible for governmental and financial oversight and pension fund management.
Previously, Mr. McCall served three terms as a New York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City. He has also served as an Ambassador to the United Nations, Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. McCall served as a Vice President of Citibank. He also served as President of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 to 1993, where he set policy for the largest school system in the nation.
Mr. McCall was educated at Dartmouth College, Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said: "Our state university system is at the heart of our efforts to build a new, high-tech economy and create new jobs in every region of the state. Carl McCall has the experience and leadership abilities to help us expand SUNY's mission as an economic engine for the state, while it provides first-class higher education. I commend Governor Cuomo on this outstanding appointment."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "I have worked with Carl McCall for many years and can attest to his commitment and dedication to seeing SUNY provide a top quality education to our students while also serving as an engine in the State's economic recovery. He succeeds Carl Hayden, someone I have long admired and who championed the state university system during tough fiscal times but who still recognized the value of our higher educational system. Maintaining SUNY's affordability and status as a leading institution of public education has always been among my top priorities and I thank Governor Cuomo for selecting Carl as chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees."
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "I commend Governor Cuomo for selecting Carl McCall to lead the SUNY Board of Trustees. I have worked closely with Carl over the past years to make SUNY a driver of economic growth in New York State. He has the experience needed to continue forging bonds in the private and public sector that bring together economic development and higher education to create jobs across the state. Governor Cuomo has worked hard to make sure SUNY will become a global leader in research and innovation, and I look forward to our continued work together."
SUNY Student Assembly President Kaitlyn Beachner said, "As a dedicated public servant and as a member of the SUNY Board, Carl McCall has been a leading advocate to keep our university system accessible and affordable to all. Governor Cuomo has made reforming and strengthening the SUNY system a top priority of his administration, and we are pleased that he has chosen Mr. McCall, who has the experience and vision needed to build SUNY into a national leader in higher education. We look forward to working with this new chairman in his efforts to improve higher education on behalf of all SUNY students."
Senator Kenneth LaValle, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, said, "I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has selected Carl McCall, who I have known and worked with for many years, to lead the SUNY Board of Trustees. Carl's decades of experience in public service and understanding of public education will be invaluable in this position. His work was key to the development and passage of SUNY 2020 and I know he will work to develop and improve SUNY for students, local communities, and the entire state, while ensuring it remains affordable and accessible to all. I look forward to working with Carl and commend Governor Cuomo for this appointment. Together, we will continue to build SUNY into a leading driver of New York's economic growth."
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said, "I've long respected the full breadth of Carl McCall's capabilities and am thrilled that we will have his attention focused on the State university system. I look forward to working more closely with him than I have in the past."
Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, said, "H. Carl McCall has a distinguished career with a long held commitment to education. His service as head of the New York City Board of Education is well complemented by his record during his tenure as New York State Comptroller. Governor Cuomo has made the right decision to place him at the helm of the SUNY Board of Trustees. We look forward to working with Trustee McCall to maintain a SUNY that is accessible and affordable for all New Yorkers. This is an ample demonstration that Governor Cuomo intends to see that SUNY continues in the positive direction of keeping a quality higher public education for all New York families."
About the SUNY Board of Trustees
The SUNY Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. The Board consists of 18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. In addition, the President of the Student Assembly of the State University serves as an ex-officio voting Trustee, and the President of the University Faculty Senate and the President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio non-voting Trustees.
The Board's responsibilities include appointing and approving University leadership including the Chancellor and senior system staff and campus presidents, regulating the tuition and fees charged by SUNY campuses, and granting the degrees, diplomas, certificates and honorary degrees that SUNY issues every year. The Board meets nearly every month of the year, and meetings are open to the public and webcast live to give New Yorkers a front-row seat to University operations. The Board also holds public open forums twice a year to give the public the opportunity to interact with the board and provide input.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu