James Milliken – New Chancellor of CUNY

Mark Tuminello cunyJames Milliken has been selected to be the new chancellor of The City University of New York.  Formerly the president of the University of Nebraska, Milliken was voted in unanimously by the CUNY Board of Trustees.  He will be the university system’s seventh chancellor, succeeding Matthew Goldstein.  Goldstein was a divisive leader and stepped down this past summer after fourteen years holding the position.

Milliken is 56, and earned a degree in law from New York University in the early 1980′s.  According to CUNY, he followed the degree by working with legal Aid in the city and with an international law firm in Manhattan.  As the president of UN, Milliken oversaw several campuses.  Enrollment rose during his time, and he was well respected among his peers.  He also simultaneously served as a member of the faculty within the College of Law at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and at the School of PUblic Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.    Before 2004, he was the senior vice president for the University of North Carolina, a huge school with sixteen campuses.  Before that, he was president of the University of Nebraska.

His experience with UN extends even beyond his work there.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, participating in organizations such as Phi Delta Theta, the Society of Innocents, the chancellor’s senior honorary, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  In between his time in Nebraska and New York, he also worked for Congresswoman Virginia Smith in Washington DC as a legislative assistant.

A little more about James Milliken – He is a member of the US Strategic Command Consultation Committee and the Business Higher Education Forum.  He is an active member of the board of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska ‘Dream It, Do It’ initiative, and the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce.  He serves as a co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness’ Regional Innovation Initiative Leadership Steering Committee.  He co-chairs the Nebraska P-16 program, and serves as a member of the Governor’s Education Leadership Countil.  He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.  He is a member of rthe NASULGC Commission on Online Learning, and serves as the vice chairman of BioNebraska.  He is also on the Borad of Academic Advisors of the Building Bright Futures scholarship initiative, based in Omaha.

The job of chancellor is a big one.  CUNY has 24 campuses, far more than he has worked with before.  The school was in rough shape when it was handed to Mr. Goldstein.  Over his time, some of his more controversial decisions were to raise tuition, an effort to standardize curriculum across the CUNY schools, and end open admissions.  Students, angered because CUNY traditionally accepts thousands of annual graduates of NYC’s public school system, protested and called for his resignation.

Milliken says that CUNY ‘enjoys significant momentum and unlimited potential.’  Wasting no time, the union that represents faculty and staff remarked that the union was not involved in the selection of Milliken, but that they hope the new chancellor will be an ‘aggressive advocate’ for the entire university, as public higher education is in a ‘national crisis [that] has hit CUNY particularly hard.  In a statement, Mr. Milliken said CUNY “enjoys significant momentum and unlimited potential.”

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