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SUNY Chancellor John King says he’s not eyeing Harvard presidency

State University of New York Chancellor John King has dismissed speculation about becoming the next president of Harvard University. Despite being named a potential candidate by the Harvard Crimson, King, a Harvard alum, remains committed to his current role at SUNY. He emphasizes his dedication to advancing student success and expanding research within the SUNY system.


King’s focus is on enhancing the SUNY network, which boasts 64 campuses, and on leveraging its role in fostering industry growth in New York, including sectors like semiconductor manufacturing and artificial intelligence. His comments come amid SUNY’s first enrollment increase in a decade, although the university system is navigating financial challenges.

With SUNY facing a projected $1 billion deficit by 2033, King recently sought additional state funding to address these financial issues. His commitment to SUNY’s mission underscores his priority over potential opportunities elsewhere, even amidst discussions about leadership roles at prestigious institutions like Harvard.