Chancellor Malatras Statement as SUNY’s Building Shines Brightly for the 200th Greek Independence Day

March 25, 2021

"For the first time ever the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, where my office sits as chancellor of the nation’s largest higher education system, shines brightly in the colors of Greece as the world celebrates the 200th Greek Independence Day. As a descendent from the people of Kastraki, this is a day I proudly reflect on their heroic fight for independence—to regain their identity and their way of life as Greeks. To my family in Greece and here in the United States χρόνια πολλά.


Χαίρε, ω χαίρε, ελευθεριά! Ζήτω η Ελλάδα!"

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