Governors Residence Complex is a dormitory for freshman, honors,
international, graduate, and other students. It consists of four
linked halls: Clinton, Dewey, Lehman & Roosevelt. Roosevelt
Hall is an exclusively freshman dorm; Clinton Hall is an
exclusively graduate dorm. The Governors complex was designed by
I.M. Pei. Pei also designed an addition to the Louvre and
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SUNY used Pei's plans to
design a dormitory at SUNY Fredonia that is architecturally
identical to Governors.
Thomas E. Dewey (1903-1971) was Governor of New York State from
1943 to 1954, during which time the State University was
created. He lost a famous close race for U.S. president in
1948 to Harry S. Truman.