State University of New York
The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. It is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the world, with a total enrollment of 465,000 students, plus 1.1 million adult education students spanning 64 campuses across the state. The SUNY system has 88,000 faculty members and some 7,660 degree and certificate programs overall and a $10.7 billion budget.
The State University of New York was established in 1948 by then-Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey, through legislative implementation of recommendations made by the Temporary Commission on the Need for a State University (1946—1948). The Commission was chaired by Owen D. Young, then-Chairman of the General Electric Company. The system was greatly expanded during the administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who took a personal interest in design and construction of new SUNY facilities across the state.