02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 18:29
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the SUNY Administration Building located in downtown Albany will be renamed the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, in the honor of the trailblazing public servant who served New York as a long-time Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, State Comptroller and Ambassador to the United Nations, among many other distinguished capacities.
The Governor also awarded McCall with the Governor's Medal of Public Service for his long and distinguished career in service to the State of New York.
'Carl McCall is a friend and a true public servant who has graced this great state with more than 50 years of distinguished service and leadership, and all New Yorkers are better off for it,' Governor Cuomo said. 'While his achievements are beyond count, his legacy will be as a champion for those in need, and for helping restore faith in the ability of government to make a positive difference in people's lives. It is a worthy tribute we pay to one of New York's greatest trailblazers by awarding him the Governor's Medal of Public Service and renaming the SUNY Administration Building in his honor.'
'It has been my honor to be one of many sources of leadership and influence to provide more for New Yorkers, particularly by expanding opportunities for all students to get a higher education, and I am humbled by the Governor's acknowledgment and celebration of my work,' said Carl McCall. 'Know that my accomplishments were in partnership with the Governor, the legislature, SUNY Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and many officials over my years of public service. And, it is also the result of feedback from the people I have served, especially the students I have seen achieve a better life through their own hard work and desire to do more.'
Governor Cuomo formally announced the renaming and awarded McCall the Governor's Medal of Public Service during a reception at the Executive Mansion attended by members and guests of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus.
McCall served the State of New York in multiple capacities in his nearly 50 years of public service. He began by serving three terms as a State Senator representing Harlem and other parts of Manhattan, then moving on to become the first African American ever elected to statewide office in New York as State Comptroller.
Most recently, as Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, McCall worked to keep tuition affordable and provide access to a high-quality education at SUNY for thousands of New Yorkers. Under his leadership, SUNY instituted the first Office of Diversity and Inclusion and system-wide diversity policy, expanded Educational Opportunity Programs, implemented the strongest measures in the nation to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, ended the criminal conviction disclosure on SUNY applications, and launched a system-wide initiative to increase the number of underrepresented faculty.
SUNY Chairman Dr. Merryl H. Tisch said, 'The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building was designed more than 100 years ago to reflect the state's history at the time, and today with the Governor's action, it will be known to all as a visible reminder of a one of the most transformative leaders in our time. Carl McCall is everyone's champion, and he continually sets the example for what can be achieved through education, and what can be done by serving our nation and our citizens.'
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M Johnson said, 'H. Carl McCall once told me that education is the only way for individuals to create a better life for them and their family. His words and life's own purpose continue to be a daily inspiration to me and everyone he meets. His deep commitment to equality, diversity and access to education for all New York's students, especially those from underserved areas is unmatched. I can't think of a better honor than to rename our headquarters, the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building that will symbolize his passion for education and his tireless commitment to helping future generations achieve the American dream.'
The Governor's Medal of Public Service reads:
'To H. Carl McCall
'Pioneer, Public Servant, Humanitarian
'Presented with respect and gratitude for the decades of leadership, wisdom, and moral clarity that you have provided to the people of New York, and around the world.'