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Summer 2002
CUNY Biologists Cultivate New Medicines
Remarkable June Grads Break the Mold
Major CUNY Response to Nursing Shortage
Harlem Hospital Leader a Role Model for Salk Scholars
"Votes Rebuild New York" Campaign Launched
Goldstein “Closeup” On Honors College Governors Island, High Schools
CUNY ANNOUNCES 9/11 Memorial Competition
CCNY Engineer Honored by the Nation

Seminar-in-a-Book Ponders 9/11

From "Ground Zero" Rapper to City Council Candidate
Turning Anger into Literature
Model City Council Planned in the Fall
Highlights of 2002-2003 State Adopted Budget
Two New CUNY Trustees Appointed
Biomedical Engineer Wins Guggenheim
City University Leading Producer of Hispanic Graduates
The Challenge of AIDS in Africa
Bilingual: College French, Scientist's Latin
Presidential Appointments for Queens and York Colleges

Queens College Artist Adds New Passion to His Palette

El Diario-La Prensa Editor Honored at Model Senate

Intel Chief Plunges into Memory

Dual Citizen of the Pen

"Opticals" for Woody Allen, Illustrations for Mother Nature
CUNY Faculty Experts on Post-9/11 Response Listed on Web Site

Presidential Appointments for Queens and York Colleges

James Muyskens
A philosopher with special expertise in bioethics and the philosophy of religion and more than 25 years of administrative experience, Dr. James L. Muyskens, has been appointed the ninth president of Queens College, and the College’s recent Interim President Russell K. Hotzler, has just answered the interim call again at nearby York College.

Acting on Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s recommendation at its April meeting, the Board approved Muyskens, who is currently the CEO and Dean of the Faculty of the Gwinnett University Center in the University System of Georgia.

Muyskens’ senior-level and extensive administrative experience includes serving as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the 34-campus Georgia University system, which serves 205,000 students and has 8,000 faculty members. As part of that University’s management team from 1995 to 1999, he implemented a new system-wide undergraduate core curriculum, higher admissions and academic standards, and enhanced faculty and staff development opportunities.
Having directed Georgia’s extensive investigation into instructional technology and distance learning and developed a technology plan for higher education in Georgia, Muyskens was given the opportunity in 1999 to create a new campus as the means of putting the plan into practice—the Gwinnett University Center, sometimes referred to as a “bricks and clicks” campus.

Russell K. Hotzler
The appointment to Queens College marks Muyskens’ return to the University. From 1984 to 1987 he served as Associate Provost and Acting Provost at Hunter College and spearheaded a revision of the undergraduate curriculum, among other efforts. He also served as chairman of Hunter College’s Department of Philosophy for six years and directed its Religion Program for three years. Muyskens also served from 1988 to 1995 as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

“Dr. Muyskens will bring to Queens College his nearly two decades of exceptional administrative experience,” said Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. “We are very pleased to welcome him back to CUNY.”

Chancellor Goldstein stated, “Dr. Muyskens will provide exemplary leadership to a first–rate institution of higher education.” The selection was the culmination of a national search by a committee headed by Trustee Wellington Chen that included trustees, faculty, administrators, students and alumni.

Muyskens’ three degrees in philosophy are from Central College in Iowa, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Michigan. His publications include many articles on ethics, especially for health care providers, among them “The Ethical Basis of the Right to Privacy,” “Ethical Issues Raised by the Patenting of New Forms of Life,” and “Ethics and Aging: A Review.”

In 1982 his book Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation appeared (two of its chapters were included in a 1990 anthology, Ethics in Nursing). He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching and is a frequent speaker at national education conferences.

Muyskens’ arrival in Flushing will also be a homecoming for his wife Alda, who is a Queens College alumna.

Fresh from his successful two-year tenure as interim president of Queens College, Dr. Russell K. Hotzler was appointed by the CUNY Board of Trustees on May 28 as the interim president of York College, effective July 1. The action was taken following the announcement of the resignation of York’s president since 1996, Dr. Charles C. Kidd, Sr.

“Dr. Hotzler will bring to York College his exemplary skills as an experienced educator and administrator, including over two decades of service to CUNY colleges in Queens County,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, who recommended the appointment.

David Taylor, the Associate Dean of Administration and Finance at Bronx Community College, will join Dr. Hotzler at York College as interim vice president for administration. Taylor previously served as Deputy Budget Director for Central Purchasing at the New York City Board of Education and spent five years at CUNY’s Office of Budget and Finance.

The Board of Trustees will establish a committee to conduct a national search for a permanent president.