Spring 2001

Raab to Assume Hunter College Presidency



unter College, CUNY's second oldest college and the largest in enrollment (also the world's only college with two Nobel Laureate alumnae), received its 13th president in January, when the University's Board of Trustees appointed Jennifer J. Raab. Currently the chair of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, Raab will assume the position on June 11.

President designate Raab
Jennifer Raab

Raab, an attorney, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Hunter College High School. She earned a Cornell University undergraduate degree, a master's degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Harvard law degree. A resident of the Bronx, Raab began her career in public service as special projects manager for the South Bronx Development Organization. She has served as Director of Public Affairs for New York City Planning Department, and in 1994 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani asked her to supervise the agency responsible for designating and regulating changes to more than 21,000 landmark properties. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has a 50-person staff and a $3 million budget.

Raab has also served on the boards of the non-profit Argus Community Organization, a social service provider in the Bronx, the East 154-155th Street Housing Corporation and the Community Volunteer Corps. Her community service includes work with the Advisory Council to the midtown Manhattan Community Court and as a volunteer arbitrator in Bronx County Small Claims Court.