Governor Andrew Cuomo named former Democratic Comptroller H. Carl McCall the new chairman of the State University of New York Board of trustees. McCall was Cuomo's rival for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002.
McCall, 76, has been a board member since 2007 and is knowledgeable about government finances and state politics. He also served as part of Cuomo's transition team.
Cuomo said McCall "will bring decades of experience in public service to the helm of the SUNY Board of Trustees." He added, "His extensive financial background makes him the perfect leader for the Board as SUNY helps drive New York's economic development."
McCall said he'll lead SUNY in a "shared vision" with the governor to bolster academic standards and economic growth.
He succeeds Carl Hayden, a former state public schools chancellor and head of the Board of Regents for seven years, who was appointed chairman of the SUNY board in 2007 by former Governor Eliot Spitzer.