City University of New York Names Nebraska’s Milliken as Leader

City University of New York named James Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska, as its next chancellor.

Milliken, who has run Nebraska’s four-campus system since 2004, will take over CUNY “no later than June 1,” according to a statement on the CUNY website yesterday. He succeeds Matthew Goldstein, who stepped down in 2013 after 14 years.

Milliken received his undergraduate degree at Nebraska and a law degree at New York University. He worked for the nonprofit Legal Aid Society and Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft LLP, a New York-based corporate law firm. While Milliken was at Nebraska, its flagship Lincoln campus joined the Big Ten athletic conference and the system raised $1.5 billion for its capital campaign. In 2011, Nebraska was ousted from the Association of American Universities, a group of 62 research institutions where membership is by invitation from other members.

“President Milliken is a highly regarded national leader in higher education,” said Benno Schmidt, a former president of Yale University and chairman of CUNY’s board of trustees, in the statement. “He brings to CUNY an impressive record of extensive academic and administrative experience and a demonstrated record of success in working with students, faculty, alumni and community leaders.”

CUNY, founded in 1847, has 24 colleges and graduate schools, ranging from Bronx Community College to Hunter College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It has more than 270,000 students in degree programs. The university claims 12 Nobel prizes won by faculty and alumni.

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