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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

2012 – First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Award

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From left to right: Kevin L. Antoine, JD, chief diversity officer; H. Carl McCall, chairman of SUNY's Board of Trustees

H. Carl McCall

H. Carl McCall, chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, receives SUNY Downstate Medical Center's first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Award January 12, 2012.

Mr. McCall was appointed chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees October 17, 2011. He first joined the Board as a member on October 22, 2007.

Earlier, Mr. McCall 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, Mr. McCall 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.

Mr. McCall has been a passionate advocate for public education. He served as president of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 – 1993, where he set policy for the largest school system in the nation, and as the chairman of the Public Higher Education Conference Board, a coalition of 14 organizations that supports a strong and vibrant public higher education system in New York State.

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

SUNY Board Chairman Accepts Downstate's
First Martin Luther King Award

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