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SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall Awarded Honorary Doctorate from The University of the West Indies

Ceremony Coincides with Launch of the SUNY-UWI National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty Research Training Program

SUNY Chairman McCall receives his 10th honorary doctoral degree in his career from The UWI Chancellor Bermudez.


JAMAICA -  State University of New York Board Chairman H. Carl McCall was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at their Mona campus Saturday, November 3, for his leadership in public service. The honor, his 10th in his career, was approved by the University Council and conferred at The UWI’s 2018 graduation ceremony and presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez.

The Chairman’s visit to The UWI also included attending the launch of the SUNY-UWI National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty Research Training Program, which is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo and The UWI’s Mona campus. The program was made possible by a grant of $1.5 million for the Global Infections Diseases Research Training Program by the National Institutes of Health.

“The opening of the SUNY-UWI Global Infections Diseases Research Training Program, which will be significant for the healthcare sectors of both of our regions, is a truly momentous occasion,” said SUNY Chairman McCall. “Education, at its heart, is about bringing people together, and this collaboration will help us to make improvements to infrastructure, jobs, healthcare, and education that we all earnestly need. I am proud to receive an honorary doctorate from The UWI, and I am excited to continue to witness the remarkable feats that this partnership can accomplish.”

“Chairman McCall’s leadership continues to be instrumental in creating the ongoing partnership between SUNY and The UWI, which has now led to the birth of a key training program that will significantly benefit the health sector,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “This collaboration is a prime example of how working in multicultural teams leads to making breakthroughs across disciplines, and Chairman McCall recognizes how much our communities, nations, and world benefit. I congratulate Chairman McCall and I look forward to our continued work between the two systems.”

Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said, “Chairman McCall is a brilliant, inspirational educational leader whose strategic and ethical calculus leads to bridge building across the most turbulent waters. Because he sees so deeply the stillness beneath the surface he clearly captures the foundations on which to build solid relationships. The SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development is one such structure he has created to span the hemisphere of higher education. We are thrilled to have made our historic entry into the global market, partnering with SUNY to launch this Center in New York two years ago. It signaled our first step in an aggressive globalization strategy which has helped us to be rated highly for our international outlook in hemispheric and world higher education rankings. We look forward to continued partnerships on joint projects like the health research program and others that impact the wellbeing of our people and region.”



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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.