Joint Statement by Chairperson Benno Schmidt And Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly On the Passing of Former State Senator Basil Paterson

The City University of New York mourns the passing of the Honorable Basil Alexander Paterson, a longstanding supporter of CUNY and the enhancement of its educational mission.  A former Vice Chairperson of The Friends of CUNY, he was an early supporter of the Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education and Knowledge (SEEK) program and vigorously advocated for the well-being of the University during his tenure as a state senator, deputy mayor, former secretary of state of New York and private citizen.  He worked especially closely with CUNY on opportunities for health care workers to pursue higher education and always brought warmth, insight, and humor to deliberations on how best to extend the ladder of education.   We extend deepest condolences to his beloved family.