SUNY chairman recognized as an advocate for community colleges

April 8, 2015

With decades of work in public service, H. Carl McCall has been a dedicated advocate for New York’s public education system. Because of this and because of his demonstrated support of community colleges in particular, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges selected McCall as recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. 

“Chairman McCall shows his dedication to community colleges not only through his advocacy and trustee roles, but he has visited many of our community colleges all over the state to celebrate their graduations, ground breakings, fundraising events, open houses, and so much more,” said Tina Good, president of the Faculty Council.

Good also emphasized the qualities that make McCall an exemplary leader in higher education: “He is a believer in shared governance and shared decision making and works hard to facilitate a collegial environment where all views can be heard and seriously considered.”

“The timing of this award could not be more perfect as a testament to the partnership of the chairman and trustee Tina Good who together re-established the community college committee of the SUNY board of trustees and countless other accomplishments to advance the mission of community colleges in New York State,” said Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY’s senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the education pipeline. “This accomplished leader has been a tireless advocate for student access and success and has always recognized the need to support faculty who are the heart and soul of our campuses.”

The Faculty Council will present McCall with his award at its spring plenary session in April.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by my colleagues in the Faculty Council,” McCall said. “It is humbling to be lifted up as we all continue to work hand in hand to meet the needs of our community colleges and the unique mission they serve across our state. I thank the faculty who contribute their time and effort in support of shared governance throughout SUNY, and in particular Dr. Tina Good, whose time as president of this council has left an indelible impression on the faculty and on the Board. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the Faculty Council in ensuring that SUNY’s community colleges are the best we can offer to New Yorkers.”

The Distinguished Service Award, created in 1987, honors an individual who has proven to be an advocate of community colleges and their mission. Former recipients include state senators, SUNY staff, trustees, and college presidents.

About the Faculty Council of Community Colleges:
The Faculty Council of Community Colleges is the statewide faculty governance group for all of SUNY’s community colleges.

About the State University of New York
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