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."
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, "It is bittersweet to announce the retirement in June of SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall after more than 50 years of public service. Chairman McCall is a friend and a quintessential public servant who dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of others.
"Chairman McCall never turned down an ask to help and demonstrated his unmatched commitment to New York and our nation time and time again, including as State Senator, Comptroller, Commissioner, Ambassador to the United Nations and most recently as Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees since 2011. His accomplishments are numerous but he will long be remembered for his deep commitment to equality, diversity and access to education to ensure New York's students, especially from underserved areas, are provided with a high quality and affordable education.
"He was a trailblazer who paved a path for others to follow, and he never lost sight of the fundamental goal of government: making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. SUNY is stronger because of Chairman McCall's leadership, and his legacy and impact on all New Yorkers will carry on long after he steps down. I join all New Yorkers in celebrating Chairman McCall's distinguished career and thanking him for his service to our state."