Statement from Chancellor King and the SUNY Board of Trustees on the 4th of July

July 4, 2024

"On this 4th of July, SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. and the Board of Trustees salute the strength of a democracy that has served and defined the United States for nearly 250 years, and the integrity of a government that has been a beacon to the world in seeking to safeguard the rights, freedoms and prosperity of its people.

"Public higher education plays a central role in the health of our nation, and we encourage all our students and every member of our communities to be civically active, to engage one another civilly, and to register and vote: doing so is the cornerstone of the engagement that is central to maintain the civic health of this great nation."

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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