September 11 Statement From Chancellor King and SUNY Board of Trustees

September 11, 2023

"Twenty-two years ago, what started as a normal Tuesday morning turned into one of the darkest days in our country's history. Amid the terror and chaos came immense bravery displayed by first responders and everyday citizens who made their way to the sites attacked in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville. People rose to the occasion and risked their lives to save complete strangers in a moment of hope that lives could be saved amid the destruction. That selfless and dedicated spirit of those days and weeks following the attacks continues to inspire us. 

Each year on this date we reflect on where we were that day and remember those we lost—from our family and friends, and our vast SUNY family. Twenty-two years later, the memories and emotions remain heartbreaking and unifying.

We will never forget."

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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