Statement from SUNY Chancellor King on President Biden’s State of the Union

February 8, 2023

"In his State of the Union address, President Biden rightly highlighted public higher education and, especially, our nation’s community colleges as engines of opportunity and upward mobility for students and communities. We are deeply proud that SUNY's 30 community college campuses empower hundreds of thousands of students every year to take that first step towards a high-demand career or the pursuit of a bachelor's degree. SUNY stands behind the President's vision for investing in public higher education, making college more accessible and attainable, and investing in workforce development.

"My thanks to President Biden for lifting up public higher education, and for our Governor and legislature for working with SUNY to ensure college is affordable, accessible, and successful for our students."

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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