SUNY Board of Trustee Chairman Carl McCall is stepping down from the post, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced on Wednesday.

“After ten years of service, I have decided to retire as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The State University of New York,” McCall said. “I believe that it is time for me to pursue other interests and allow new vision to take SUNY to even higher heights. I want to thank the Governor, trustees, faculty and New York’s future leaders – our students, for their endless support as I have served in such a consequential office.”

McCall was appointed to the SUNY board chairmanship in 2011 by Cuomo. Nine years earlier both men faced each other in a bruising Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Despite their history, Cuomo has turned to McCall several times, including an appointment to a commission to review the state’s tax climate and to a board that assessed the pay of lawmakers and statewide elcted officials.

“It is bittersweet to announce the retirement in June of SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall after more than 50 years of public service,” Cuomo said. “Chairman McCall is a friend and a quintessential public servant who dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of others.”