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SUNY’s head trustee gets law school tour

SUNY Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua with H. Carl McCall, chairman of the State University of New York board of trustees. Courtesy SUNY Buffalo Law

New York state’s public law school recently entertained a visitor with deep roots in public service.

H. Carl McCall, chairman of the State University of New York board of trustees, toured SUNY Buffalo Law School Wednesday, meeting with Dean Makau W. Mutua who told him about significant recent developments that have moved the school toward academic excellence.

Included in the discussion were the hiring of a large cohort of excellent faculty members, the rising caliber of incoming students, increased support for faculty scholarship at the highest level, and successful efforts at fundraising and mobilizing the school’s 10,000 alumni across the nation and worldwide.

The dean also laid out for McCall some of the challenges facing law schools generally, and detailed an upcoming program, Panel on Legal Education Excellence, that will bring four nationally recognized experts to UB on May 9. They will meet with key stakeholders to assess the school’s current status and recommend how best it can move forward.

McCall’s visit also included a tour of the law school’s newly renovated facility in John Lord O’Brian Hall where improvements include a new student lounge, revamped and more welcoming first floor, and improved teaching technology in classrooms. He also spoke with students approaching semester-ending examinations and interacted with senior law school administrators and staff.

As chairman of the SUNY board of trustees, McCall leads an 18-member governing body for the 64-campus system, the nation’s largest public higher education system. He was appointed to the post by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

McCall is also the former state comptroller and a current member of the state’s fiscal control board for the city of Buffalo.