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.