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Keynote Speaker H. Carl McCall

H. Carl McCall

H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, has been a passionate advocate for public education. He served as President of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 to 1993, where he set policy for the largest school system in the nation. He also held the role of Chairman of the Public Higher Education Conference Board, a coalition of 14 member organizations that supports a strong and vibrant public higher education system in New York State.

In a 2017 report to the SUNY Board of Trustees titled “The Value of Public Higher Education,” Mr. McCall referred to the education that SUNY provides as “invaluable to our society. We enable vast numbers of citizens to live their best lives. We stand as the harbingers of opportunity and the vanguards of the American dream.” He said that SUNY Board members “must continue to work to ensure that as many young people as possible have access to affordable quality educations. That is the only way that each succeeding generation will be able to reap the promises of our great democracy.”

Mr. McCall was appointed Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees in October 2011. He first joined the Board as a member in October 2007. He previously served as Comptroller of the State of New York from May 1993 to December 2002. As chief fiscal officer of the State, he was responsible for governmental and financial oversight and pension fund management. As sole trustee of the 880,000-member State and Local Retirement Systems, he was responsible for investing a pension fund valued at $120 billion.

Mr. McCall has had a distinguished career as a public servant. He served three terms as a New York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City; as an Ambassador to the United Nations; as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights.

He has also been active in the private sector; he served as a vice president of Citibank and as corporate director of the New York Stock Exchange, Tyco International, New Plan Realty Corporation and Ariel Investment.

Mr. McCall was educated at Dartmouth College, Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.