a letter to Governor George Pataki dated June 5, Herman Badillo
submitted his resignation as Chairman and Member of the CUNY Board
of Trustees, explaining, "I am running for Mayor of the City of
New York, and I am circulating nomination petitions beginning today."
In closing, Badillo expressed his hope that the City University
will continue "to be the university of opportunity for New York
resignation, the Governor praised Badillo, who served on the Board
in 1980-82 and since 1990 (becoming Chairman in 1999), as "a true
New York success story, having risen from immigrant roots to his
position as one of our most valued members of the City University
Board of Trustees. . . . On behalf of all New Yorkers, I sincerely
thank Herman for his hard work, dedication and tireless advocacy
and wish him all the best."
Responding to the decision, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein issued
a statement thanking Badillo for his leadership. "All New Yorkers
owe Herman a debt of gratitude for his extraordinary dedication
to the educational mission of the University. During the past two
years, I have worked very closely with him as we have made great
strides toward turning the CUNY system around. Herman has been a
champion of reform, taking on the tough challenges associated with
changes necessary at all levels of the educational process."
noted that Badillo "has provided an important voice for the pre?kindergarten
through higher education transition, including his strong advocacy
for the College Now program and for the revitalization of our teacher
education programs. As an alumnus who graduated with honors from
the City College of New York, he invoked a special commitment to
CUNY's vital role in fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of our
student body. I wish him every success as he pursues his future
Governor Pataki has asked Vice Chairman Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. to
serve as Acting Chairman until a permanent replacement is designated.