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Releases: Statements on McCall retirement from SUNY Student Association, UUP, SUNY Central.
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Statement from SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Michael Braun on Retirement of SUNY Board Chair H. Carl McCall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, April 11, 2019
Contact: Austin Ostro (, 518-605-2369)

“While SUNY students are sad to see Chairman McCall end his 12 years of service to the SUNY system, we stand grateful for his unparalleled record of leadership and service to our system and state.

Chairman McCall has consistently fought to enhance the student experience, secure the funding our campuses need to thrive, build academic excellence, and promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the system.

Chairman McCall’s decades of experience in public service inspires students across the system to dream big and aim high. Under his leadership, SUNY has made tremendous strides towards fully realizing its mission of offering an affordable and accessible higher education to all. In recognition of Chairman McCall’s commitment to ensuring that the promise of a SUNY Education includes everyone, the Student Assembly has endowed the H. Carl McCall Award for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. For years to come, the Student Assembly will honor a campus student government that displays the same passion for these key values as the Chairman has demonstrated throughout his career.

As he approaches retirement, the Student Assembly wishes Chairman McCall the best of luck in all future pursuits, and we thank him for all he has don to create a SUNY that works best for everyone in it.”


CONTACT: Mike Lisi at (518) 640-6600
Lisi’s cell number is (518) 944-9528

April 11, 2019

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the retirement of
SUNY Board of Trustees Chair H. Carl McCall

“UUP thanks SUNY Board of Trustees Chair H. Carl McCall for his years of public service to our University and to our state.

“Our members are grateful to Chairman McCall for the work he did on behalf of SUNY, our students and our patients. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2007 and was appointed Chair four years later.

“UUP congratulates Chairman McCall for his more than 50 years in public service, including as a state senator, an ambassador to the United Nations and as state Comptroller.

“We wish Chairman McCall health and much happiness in his retirement.”


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311

New York City – H. Carl McCall announced his plans to retire as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The State University of New York. Chairman McCall was appointed to SUNY’s Board in 2007 and has served as the Board’s Chairman since 2011. During his tenure, he has overseen the installations of two separate chancellors and more than fifty university and college presidents. His administration has been marked by a comprehensive expansion of SUNY’s academic breadth, elevation of SUNY’s national and international brand, and diversification of SUNY’s senior administration and student body. Chairman McCall’s ardent advocacy of higher education has led to substantial gains for SUNY’s students.

Chairman H. Carl McCall said, "After ten years of service, I have decided to retire as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The State University of New York. I believe that it is time for me to pursue other interests and allow new vision to take SUNY to even higher heights. I want to thank the Governor, trustees, faculty and New York's future leaders, our students, for their endless support as I have served in such a consequential office."

“Serving as SUNY Board Chairman has been one of my greatest joys and I could never thank Governor Cuomo enough for the opportunity,” said Chairman McCall. “It has been both rewarding and challenging to help direct the academic fates of our nation’s brightest stars. Thanks to wonderful colleagues on the Board and two outstanding Chancellors, we have carried out this charge with unbridled commitment, integrity, innovation, and compassion.”

Chairman McCall’s retirement will become effective on June 30, 2019. He will continue to fully execute his duties as Board Chairman and remain engaged in the affairs of the university until then. After retirement, he will teach a course at the University at Albany while completing a memoir that explores his more than fifty years of public service. “SUNY has always been a beacon of light in New York State,” reflected Chairman McCall. “Manning this lighthouse has been my deepest honor.”

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “Chairman McCall has been a staunch advocate for the people—all people—throughout his esteemed career in public service. We have been fortunate at SUNY to have his leadership, intellect, expertise and deep commitment for the students we serve while leading our Board of Trustees. He leads by example on our most impactful policies including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Ban the Box; and Enough is Enough. Personally, I admire Carl and have valued his counsel, his support, and friendship. In the coming months we will celebrate him as a true champion of public higher education and New York State, and we will see a lasting impact of his legacy in the years thereafter.”

Chairman McCall has had an unparalleled career as a public servant. He served as Comptroller of the State of New York from 1993 to 2002. He served three terms as a New York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City; as an Ambassador to the United Nations; as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and President of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 – 1993. Chairman McCall was educated at Dartmouth College, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and the University of Edinburgh.

A committee is in formation, co-chaired by Mr. Dennis Mehiel and Mr. Lloyd Williams, to organize a retirement event in June as a tribute to Chairman McCall’s more than fifty years of public service.