Chancellor Malatras Issues Statement Reflecting on 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021

December 31, 2020

"Even during our darkest days of a tumultuous year—living through a global health crisis, a struggling economy, and social unrest—we found many points of light in our SUNY community. Time and time again, we witnessed selfless acts from individuals in our community who stepped up and gave back: our medical students, nurses, researchers, faculty, professional and support staff, and many others who made the impossible, possible. Most importantly, I'm proud of our students—the lifeblood of our community—who adapted, persevered, and worked harder than ever before in order to achieve their goals of a college education. When it seemed like our community could do no more, when it felt like the task was insurmountable, we kept going until the job was done.

This year has been marked by social distancing, yet the SUNY family came together stronger than ever before. As we close this chapter, the light emanating from across SUNY will help overcome the darkness for a brighter 2021. Let us carry forth our strength, intuition, and selflessness.

I am proud to be part of the SUNY family. Happy New Year."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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