Each state-operated campus of the SUNY system has an oversight Council, appointed by the Governor. This body is mandated by Article 8, Section 356 of the New York State Education Law, which provides for the establishment of a local council to supervise the operations and affairs of each state-operated institution of the State University.
At the University Centers, this body is called the University Council. These councils function subject to the general management, supervision and control of and in accordance with rules established by the State University Trustees.
Nine of the ten members of the Council are appointed by the Governor for seven year terms. The tenth member is a student, who is elected for a one-year term by and from the students enrolled at the institution. The Council chair is appointed by the Governor.