Speeches and Testimony

Remarks at 2013 City College Commencement/Class of 1963 50th Anniversary

May 31, 2013 | Speeches and Testimony

Graduates, my warmest wishes to you, your families, and your professors on this joyous occasion.  Congratulations!  After spending several years listening to teachers talk at you, your reward is to have more people talk at you.  So I’ll be brief. Fifty years ago, I sat, just like you, waiting for my CCNY diploma.  I was […]

Testimony submitted to the New York City Council Finance and Higher Education Committees on the 2014 City Executive Budget

May 10, 2013 | Speeches and Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson Recchia, Chairperson Rodriguez, and members of the Finance and Higher Education committees.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the Mayor’s 2014 Executive Budget. I’d like to begin with a note of thanks.  For the past 14 years, it has been my pleasure to work with all of […]

New York’s Future and the Future of Public Higher Education

April 4, 2013 | Speeches and Testimony

Economist Richard Wolff recently appeared on “Moyers & Company” and made this point: “We economists believe that the single most important factor shaping the future of any economy in the world, including the United States, is the quality and the quantity of the educated trained labor force it produces.  Colleges and universities are where we […]

Testimony submitted to the New York State Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees on the 2013-14 Proposed Executive Budget

February 11, 2013 | Speeches and Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson DeFrancisco, Chairman Farrell, members of the Finance and Ways and Means committees, staff, and guests.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about The City University of New York and the 2013-14 State Executive Budget proposal.  I will ask the senior officers of the University accompanying me to introduce themselves. As […]

Remarks at CUNY Financial Management Conference: The Future of Higher Education

January 29, 2013 | Speeches and Testimony

Universities are notoriously slow to change.  But today, perhaps more than ever, our glacier-like pace of change is going to imperil our future—and that of our students.  Funding shifts, advances in technology, and evolving student demographics and patterns are forcing academic institutions to rethink traditional approaches.  It’s clear that the planning, data gathering, and analyses […]

“A Tale of Two Tails”: Keynote Address, Education Update Breakfast Honoring Distinguished Educators

June 25, 2012 | Speeches and Testimony

It is a great pleasure to join you this morning.  Let me offer congratulations to all of those who are being recognized by Education Update, including: Charlotte Frank, senior vice president of McGraw-Hill Education President Tomás Morales of CUNY’s College of Staten Island President Jennifer Raab of CUNY’s Hunter College CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay […]

Testimony submitted to the New York City Council Finance and Higher Education Committees on the 2013 City Executive Budget

May 18, 2012 | Speeches and Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson Recchia, Chairperson Rodriguez, and members of the Finance and Higher Education committees.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the Mayor’s 2013 Executive Budget and its effect on The City University of New York and our community colleges: Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos, Kingsborough, LaGuardia, and Queensborough, as […]

Testimony submitted to the New York State Senate Finance Committee and New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee on the 2012-13 State Executive Budget

February 1, 2012 | Speeches and Testimony

Good morning, Chairperson DeFrancisco, Chairman Farrell, members of the Finance and Ways and Means committees, staff, and guests.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about The City University of New York and the 2012-13 State Executive Budget Proposal.  I will ask the senior officers of the University accompanying me to introduce themselves. With […]

Opening Remarks, Re-imagining Community Colleges: A National Colloquium

September 26, 2011 | Speeches and Testimony

I am delighted to welcome you to CUNY’s first-ever colloquium on community colleges.  Thank you for joining us.  Special thanks to Eduardo Martí, CUNY’s vice chancellor for community colleges, who has brought us together today for what I hope will be an illuminating task: rethinking what we thought we knew about community-college education. I want […]

Testimony prepared for the New York City Council Finance and Higher Education Committees on the 2012 City Executive Budget

June 3, 2011 | Speeches and Testimony

Good afternoon, Chairperson Recchia, Chairperson Rodriguez, and members of the Finance and Higher Education committees.  Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the Mayor’s 2012 Executive Budget and its effect on The City University of New York, especially our six community colleges: Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos, Kingsborough, LaGuardia, and Queensborough.  […]