Statement from Chancellor Jim Malatras and the SUNY Board of Trustees on the Passing of SUNY Potsdam Leader Dr. John L. Graham

November 29, 2021

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. John L. Graham, the officer-in-charge at SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Graham embodied SUNY's mission of access, opportunity, and academic excellence for students in every leadership position he held with SUNY. From his work at Educational Opportunity Centers, to being SUNY's first-ever system-wide student advocate, to officer-in-charge at SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Graham believed in the promise and potential within every student. He was a unique force that is not easily replicated or replaceable, and because of that he leaves a giant hole in SUNY. On behalf of the entire SUNY community, our profound and heartfelt condolences to the family of this larger-than-life educator and leader who lived life with empathy, passion, and unwavering commitment to students."

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