Statement from SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Malatras Following the Swearing in of Governor Kathy Hochul

August 24, 2021

"On behalf of all our campuses at the State University of New York, we congratulate Governor Kathy Hochul on being sworn in as the 57th Governor of New York State and making history as the first woman to serve. Throughout her career in public service, Kathy Hochul has been a strong and fierce advocate for higher education and how access and opportunity to quality public education can provide the pathway needed for success—especially meeting workforce demands and breaking down barriers for students in need of quality child care. As Lt. Governor, she brought the same passion and commitment to many of our campuses and routinely inspired our leadership, staff, and countless students with every visit. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Hochul as we work together to educate and train the next generation of highly skilled workers and researchers, and strengthen our 64 SUNY campuses with a unified vision of access, affordability, equity, and meeting the educational and social needs of the people of New York."

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