SUNY Board of Trustees Welcomes Michael A. Braun As New Member

May 23, 2018

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced the swearing in of one new Board member, Michael A. Braun, who was recently elected by his peers as president of the SUNY Student Assembly.

"Our students have made a sound decision in electing Trustee Braun as President of the SUNY Student Assembly," said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. "While our Board continually upholds our system’s mission of providing a high quality education to individuals from all backgrounds, having a student perspective within our ranks further informs our decisions for the benefit of our students. I look forward to working with Trustee Braun this coming year."  

"The swearing in of a new student trustee is an exciting moment, as we welcome a new voice to the Board, a voice elected by the students to represent them on critical decisions, and they have made an excellent choice in electing Trustee Braun," said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. "It is my pleasure to welcome Trustee Braun to the SUNY leadership family, and we thank him for making this commitment to SUNY and its students."

"I am truly humbled that the incredible students of The State University of New York have placed their trust in me to serve as Student Assembly President and Student Trustee this coming year," said Student Assembly President-elect Michael Braun. "Working alongside Chancellor Johnson, Chairman McCall, and the rest of the SUNY Board of Trustees, I have every confidence that incredible results can be achieved in the year to come. Now more than ever, we need to ensure our students have the resources they need to thrive in a complex world. SUNY has been—and will continue to be—a key vehicle for social progress for New York State. I am determined and excited to become a part of this legacy."

About Michael A. Braun

Michael A. Braun, a Long Island native from Elmont, NY, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science from SUNY Cortland in the spring of 2017. He is currently pursuing his master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College. Prior to being elected as president of the SUNY Student Assembly, Braun was treasurer for the organization. During his time as an undergrad, he was active in SUNY Cortland’s Student Government Association (SGA), starting out as a parliamentarian through his junior year and serving as president his senior year.

As SGA president, Braun worked with campus officials to increase student representation in administrative and faculty committees, and was a vocal supporter in bettering the campus climate and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, Braun was heavily involved in SUNY Student Assembly as SGA president, serving as a member of the Chancellor Search Student Advisory Committee and the Legislative Affairs Committee. Braun has also worked as an intern with the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) in Washington, DC and the United University Professions in Albany, NY.  

About the State University of New York
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 country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 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 2023, 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 opportunities, visit

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