In First State of the University System Address, Chancellor Malatras Outlines Path through COVID-19 in Uplifting Call for SUNY to Rethink and Reimagine Higher Education

January 26, 2021

Connecting SUNY’s Founding to Present-Day Challenges, Chancellor Malatras Offers Path to Closing Skills Gap and Strengthening Higher Education for the Future

Challenges SUNY to Meet Students Where They Are, Reach Out to Underserved Communities, Recognize Changing Student Demographics, and Recommit to Supporting Individuality of Every Student

Chancellor Malatras: “Many things are uncertain. SUNY is not.”

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras provided his first State of the University System Address. To access a video of the address or the full transcript, please visit

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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