Governors Residence Complex is a dormitory for freshman, honors, international, graduate, and other students. It consists of four linked halls: Clinton, Dewey, Lehman & Roosevelt. 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.
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.