SUNY Board of Trustees meeting from February 2023.
Board of Trustees

About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists of  18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio trustees.


Among the authorities of the Board of Trustees is the power to:
  • Appoint its own officers, the chancellor, and System Administration senior staff.
  • Appoint the president of each state-operated institution, and approve the appointment of statutory and community college presidents by their respective boards.
  • Grant all degrees, diplomas and certificates for the completion of studies at any state-operated campus, including honorary degrees.
  • Regulate the admission of students, and prescribe qualifications for their continued attendance.
  • Regulate tuition, fees and charges, curricula and all other matters pertaining to the operation and administration of each state-operated campus.
  • Establish new campuses.
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