There is a growing and welcome recognition that in a knowledge economy, institutions of higher education can—and must—be pivotal in generating growth and revitalizing communities.
SUNY The State University of New York Brand guidelines 2013
As Chancellor, I am convinced SUNY can carry out this role for New York in ways that will set a standard for the rest of the nation—while making life better for people across the state.Our sources of inspiration are powerful and enduring. SUNY represents an expansive re-imagining of one of the great American reforms: the land grant university. Created by acts of Congress and signed into law by Abraham Lincoln, land grant universities leveled the playing field, making it possible for every person and every community to experience higher education’s transformative power. The land grants focused their research on contemporary problems. Their extension services brought the expertise of the university directly into people’s homes and communities in the form of health advice, home economics, and agriculture. By giving demonstrated value to a college education, the land grants convinced ordinary Americans that higher education was the pathway to a better future. Today, SUNY, by virtue of the extraordinary range of our 64 campuses, elevates the land grant concept to a new level. SUNY is also animated by the legacies of two legendary New York governors. Thomas E. Dewey saw in SUNY a means to fight the pervasive ethnic and racial discrimination in American higher education. Nelson A. Rockefeller believed that the people of New York deserved campuses that reflected their talents and aspirations, and spearheaded massive construction and infrastructure development. Thanks to them, SUNY is the pride of New York and a global beacon of access and success.