New SUNY chancellor named

New SUNY chancellor named

The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced Monday the appointment of John B. King Jr. as the 15th chancellor of SUNY. 


King brings to the position decades of experience as a leader in education administration and policy at the local, state and national levels. He has championed expanding access to high-quality, affordable education.  

“As we work to continue to transform SUNY to meet the needs of the next generation of students and New York’s economy, we need a leader who understands how to balance striving for both excellence and equity,” said SUNY Chairman Merryl H. Tisch, in a statement. “John King has a proven record of doing both.” 

King’s selection was the result of a year-long global search.  

He replaces Deborah F. Stanley, former president of SUNY Oswego, who has been serving as interim chancellor since December 2021 when Jim Malatras resigned from the position after receiving backlash over the release of text messages showing he mocked one of the women who later accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. 

King will move back to New York and begin his new role in January. 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke about the appointment during her visit to Rochester this morning.  

“I wanted an individual that would re-establish the preeminence in SUNY education,” she said. “We have slipped.” 

King is currently the president of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students in early childhood, K-12 education and higher education.  

Prior to his appointment to that post in 2017, King served as U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama.  

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass. and as a middle school principal. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.   

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