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.
DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) served in the New York State Legislature and the U.S. Senate, and was Mayor of New York City and Governor of New York State from 1817-1823 and 1825-1828. He was instrumental in the creation of the Erie Canal.
George F. Rand, for whom the central Rand Plaza is named, was a banker and leading citizen of Buffalo who died in 1942.