Statement by SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson

March 16, 2018

"Today, The State University of New York lost a friend and a true champion of education and research with the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

As Dean of the New York Congressional Delegation, her tireless leadership was invaluable to expand access to affordable education. She spoke up for financial aid, and for federal investment in research as a means to give students a high quality education and access to emerging disciplines, such as photonics, which she embraced as an opportunity for growth in New York State.

She was a role model for many, and an inspiring leader in public service who we will dearly miss."


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