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Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees
Chemung County School Readiness Project
Chancellor Emeritus Carl Hayden is the Chairman of the Board of the State University of New York, a collection of sixty-four (64) colleges, universities and academic medical centers. It is the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the United States. He currently chairs the Chemung County School Readiness Project and practiced law in Elmira, NY.
Hayden was first elected to the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (USNY) in 1990. In 1991, he was elected Chancellor by his colleagues, where he served until 2002, after which he was voted Chancellor Emeritus by his colleagues. A former Chairman of the Board of the New York State Health Foundation, Hayden co-chaired Governor Spitzer’s Education Transition Team and served on the Higher Education Commission. From 2003 to 2007, he was a director of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served on the board of directors for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE). He is also a former president of the Elmira City School District Board of Education, among other numerous community organizations. He was a founder and president of the Mark Twain Arts Council, producer of the “Mark Twain-The Musical!,” a Broadway scale musical celebrating Mark Twain’s life and writings in Elmira. He is also a director of Panelogic, Inc., a private corporation.
Hayden graduated from Hamilton College, and earned the Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School. He has also been awarded honorary degrees by Hamilton College (1996), Elmira College (1999), the City University of New York (2002), and Excelsior College (2003). He is an honorary member of the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1967.