On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named former political rival Carl McCall as chairman of the board of trustees for SUNY. In 2002, McCall won the Democratic primary for governor after Cuomo, who was polling far behind him, dropped out of the race. However, McCall ended up losing to George Pataki in the general election.
McCall, who was the first African American to serve as New York State comptroller, will take control of a network of 64 campuses, the largest higher education system in the country.
It’s business acumen that qualifies McCall, previously a Citibank executive, for the job, according to Cuomo. McCall will oversee the roll-out of a controversial five-year tuition hike in an attempt to nurse the beleaguered SUNY system — which has lost $1.4 billion in state aid in recent years — back to fiscal health.
McCall replaces Carl Hayden, who was appointed to the post four years ago.
Earlier in his career, McCall served three terms as a state senator representing Harlem and other parts of Manhattan.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped former State Comptroller Carl McCall to chair the SUNY Board of Trustees. Capitol Correspondent Susan Arbetter reports.