SUNY Welcomes Stanley S. Litow, Byron W. Brown as New Board of Trustees Members

June 16, 2015

New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees welcomed Stanley S. Litow and Byron W. Brown as its newest members and applauded the reappointments of Richard Socarides, Carl Spielvogel, and Cary Staller, as confirmed today by the New York State Senate and previously nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said, “Stanley Litow and Byron Brown have been outspoken advocates of quality public education for many years and they are certain to provide insightful feedback and input as they become more directly involved with SUNY as members of the Board. Governor Cuomo and the State Senate are to be commended for their appointments as well as the reappointments of Trustees Socarides, Spielvogel, and Staller. I look forward to our continued work together.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “Governor Cuomo and the State Senate could not have chosen are greater time to appoint Trustees Litow and Brown to the SUNY Board. As SUNY and its campuses strive to meet the goals of an ambitious student completion agenda, the experience and unique perspectives that they will bring to our work are highly valuable.”

About Stanley S. Litow
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping more than 100 cities worldwide become more effective; and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. Mr. Litow is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at major conferences on philanthropy and corporate leadership in the U.S. and around the world. He has served as Chair of the Governor’s Panel on Common Core Education Standards, on the President’s Welfare-to-Work Commission, on the boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute. Currently, Stan also serves as a Governor’s appointee on the board of the State University of New York. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow’s career in public and nonprofit leadership included service as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank, and as both a City and State Official appointed by the Mayor and Governor of New York.

About Byron W. Brown
Currently the Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Byron Brown was re-elected to a third term after a landslide victory in 2012. Since taking office, Mayor Brown has championed the renaissance that is taking place throughout Buffalo, where more than $5 billion in new economic development activity is currently underway, which is expected to result in the creation of more than 12,000 jobs. His extensive career in public service is marked with many historic achievements, including the first African-American Mayor of Buffalo and the first African-American elected to the State Senate outside of New York City. He is presently on the Governor’s New York Works Task Force, the Wage Board, and the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council in Western New York.

About the SUNY Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of SUNY and consists of 18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio trustees. SUNY Trustees serve on a voluntary basis without compensation.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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