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June 6, 2007

Council co-chair nominated to serve on SUNY Board of Trustees

Linda Sanford, a senior vice president at IBM and co-chair of The Business Council of New York State, has been nominated by Governor Eliot Spitzer to serve as a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Carl T. Hayden, chairman emeritus of the New York State Board of Regents and the 2002 recipient of the Council's Corning Award for Excellence, was nominated by Governor Spitzer to serve as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, and designated by the Governor to serve as its chairman.

Sanford, who served as chairman of the Council from 2005-2006 and is now serving as co-chair, has served in several executive positions at IBM. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, and one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine.

Hayden was elected to the Board of Regents in 1990. He was chancellor of the Regents for seven years, retiring March 2002. In successfully promoting and advocating several historic initiatives, Hayden is widely credited with transforming the Board of Regents into a more active and effective body for shaping schools and school policy.

Former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall was nominated by Governor Spitzer to serve as a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees. McCall served as the state's comptroller for nearly a decade, from May 1993 to December 2002. Prior to being elected to statewide office, McCall served three terms as a state senator representing part of Manhattan. McCall is currently chairman of the Public Higher Education Conference Board.