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.
Thomas E. Dewey (1903-1971) was Governor of New York State from 1943 to 1954, during which time the State University was created.
Herbert H. Lehman (1878-1963) was Governor of New York State from 1937 to 1942. “Citizen and statesman, he has used wisdom and compassion as the tools of government and has made politics the highest form of public service.” (President Medal of Freedom citation, 1963). Lehman would come to dedicate his life to public service, both through his work in government and in charities.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was Governor of New York State from 1898 to 1900 and President of the United States following the assassination of William McKinley in Buffalo.