Charles Evans Inniss, 61, a Trustee of The City University of New York since his appointment by the Governor in 1992, and a retired Vice President of Urban Affairs of Brooklyn Union, died on January 30 after a long illness.
James P. Murphy, Chairman of the CUNY Board of Trustees, and Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds, in a joint statement, said ” Charles Inniss was the heart and spirit of the CUNY Board of Trustees through his dedicated service, chairing Fiscal, Facilities and Presidential Search Committees and the CUNY Construction Fund. Equally important were his relevant and telling thoughts and positions with respect to the mission of the University, and to access to educational opportunity and academic quality. In addition to being an extraordinary Trustee, he was a dear friend. He will be sorely missed, but his dedication as a Trustee will reverberate through the University with lasting impact in years to come.”
Robert B. Catell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Union said, “Charlie Inniss was a good friend. He was one of the most decent and caring people I have been privileged to know. He was a gifted manager and a beloved leader in the communities we serve. He gave generously of his time and energy. His was the voice of understanding and dialogue. He left us a legacy to treasure.”
Before joining Brooklyn Union in 1979, Mr. Inniss was Director of Public Information and Development at the Brooklyn Public Library, Administrator at Brooklyn Model Cities, Director of Area Development at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Assistant District Service Manager at Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.
Deeply involved in service to the community, he was a member of many boards and committees, including The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, The Brooklyn Arts Council(BACA), the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Catholic Interracial Council, the Marcus Garvey Nursing Home, and the Staten Island Zoological Society. Mr. Innis was Director and past chair of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and chaired Neighborhood Artists, Inc. He was co-founder of Career Opportunities for Brooklyn Youth, Inc.
He was a member of the Mayor’s New York City Advisory Cultural Commission, past chair of the American Gas Foundation and the Black Officer’s Association, and a member of The American Association of Blacks in Energy.
Mr. Inniss was a retired Captain of the 369th Artillery Battalion of the Army National Guard.
He earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Public Administration from New York University. Among his many honors and awards were an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Joseph’s College, the President’s Medal from Kingsborough Community College, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Forsythia Award, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor’s Heritage Award.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie, two sisters, Norma Inniss and Frances Inniss, a brother Wilbur, sister-in-law Madelaine, a niece Wendy Woodland, nephew David, and two grand-nephews, Christopher and Bryan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Studio Museum in Harlem or The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Respects can be paid on Sunday, February 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Woodward Funeral Parlor, 1 Troy Avenue in Brooklyn. A memorial service is planned for Friday, February 28, at 10 a.m. at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.