Gov. Andrew Cuomo renamed the state university’s central administration building in Albany after recently retired SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall.
In addition to the building renaming, Cuomo awarded McCall the Governor’s Medal of Public Service for his 50 years of public service during which time he served as chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, a state senator representing Harlem, state comptroller and ambassador to the United Nations.
The Governor’s Medal of Public Service reads: “To H. Carl McCall – Pioneer, Public Servant, Humanitarian – Presented with respect and gratitude for the decades of leadership, wisdom, and moral clarity that you have provided to the people of New York, and around the world.”
“Carl McCall is a friend and a true public servant who has graced this great state with more than 50 years of distinguished service and leadership, and all New Yorkers are better off for it,” Cuomo said.
The building renaming and medal presentation were made during a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion in Albany during the recent Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus weekend.
“H. Carl McCall once told me that education is the only way for individuals to create a better life for them and their family,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said. “His deep commitment to equality, diversity and access to education for all New York’s students, especially those from under-served areas is unmatched.”
“It has been my honor to be one of many sources of leadership and influence to provide more for New Yorkers, particularly by expanding opportunities for all students to get a higher education,” McCall said, “and I am humbled by the governor’s acknowledgment and celebration of my work.”