New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today welcomed its two newest members, Cary F. Staller and John L. Murad, who
were recently appointed to the Board by Governor David Paterson.
Paterson said, "Cary Staller and John Murad are two exemplary individuals
who bring unique perspectives and backgrounds to SUNY and will serve with
distinction on the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with our new
Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher, and the entire board as we work to create a new
economy based on knowledge, technology and innovation, in particular by
capitalizing on our wonderful research institutions across the state."
Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “We are delighted to welcome Cary
Staller and John Murad to the Board of Trustees. This is an exciting time for
SUNY as we have just welcomed Chancellor Zimpher, and under her leadership, we
are developing a long-term strategic plan for the future of the University. Trustees
Staller and Murad possess backgrounds and community ties that will be most
valuable in this process and as SUNY continues to move forward.”
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher added, “The addition of Trustees Staller
and Murad will strengthen the Board and I commend Governor Paterson for two
excellent appointments. We have a great deal of work to do in the coming
months as a new vision for SUNY begins to take shape and I look forward to
meeting the challenges ahead with the Board of Trustees.”
Trustee Staller said, “I want to thank Governor Paterson for appointing
me to the SUNY Board. It will be a privilege and my honor to serve alongside
Chairman Hayden and the rest of the Board as we work together with Chancellor
Zimpher on defining the future of the University.”
Trustee Murad said, “I am very pleased to be joining the SUNY Board of
Trustees. SUNY has a bright future ahead and I am grateful to Governor
Paterson, Chancellor Zimpher, Chairman Hayden and my fellow board members for allowing
me to be part of it.”
About Cary F.
Cary F. Staller was
appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 3, 2009, for a term that will
expire on June 30, 2015. He is President of Staller Associates, Inc., a
commercial real estate firm, with offices in Hauppauge, New York.
Mr. Staller is the
Secretary and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation
at Stony Brook University. Since 1988, Cary Staller has been a member of
the Board of Directors of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Mr. Staller previously served on the Quality Assessment Review
Board of Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Cary Staller is a graduate
of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, where he
graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Staller
was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Following
graduation from law school, Mr. Staller worked as an attorney specializing in
real estate and tax law.
Mr. Staller served as the
Mayor of the Village of Old Field from 1999 until 2008, when he retired from
Mr. Staller is a member of
the bar of the State of New York. He and his wife reside in the Village
of Old Field on Long Island. They are the parents of three children.
About John L. Murad
John L. Murad was
appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees June 3, 2009 to a term that will expire
June 30, 2013.
Murad, Jr. is a partner in the Syracuse, New York Law Firm of Hancock &
Estabrook, LLP, where he has practiced since 1983. He has served as the Chair
of the firm’s Litigation Department and on its Executive Committee. Mr. Murad
graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. (cum laude) in 1980 and obtained
his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. Mr.
Murad was appointed to the Board in June of 2009.
Mr. Murad is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is active in
several Bar Associations. He has served as the Chair of the Onondaga-Oswego
Chapter of the American Red Cross and presently serves as a member of the Board
of Directors of the Onondaga Historical Association.
Mr. Murad, who was born in Utica, New York, presently resides in Jamesville, New York with his wife Renee L. James and their three children, Matthew, Bess
the SUNY Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees
is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists
of 17 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 president of the University Faculty
Senate serves as an ex-officio trustee.
Trustees Staller and Murad replace Kay Stafford and Thomas Egan,
respectively, on the Board.
About the State University of New York
University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating some 440,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on
64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu