Dr. Anne A. Paolucci to Step Down as Chairwoman of Board of Trustees of The City University of New York

Dr. Anne A. Paolucci has resigned her post as Chairwoman and member of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York effective June 1, 1999.

In a letter of resignation to Governor George E. Pataki on Monday, Dr. Paolucci indicated her desire to step aside after nearly three years as a CUNY Board member, 27 months of which she served as Chairwoman. In accepting her resignation the Governor said: “Throughout your career, you have been an untiring advocate for public education. Never willing to settle for second best, you have insisted upon the highest of standards, always demanding the best from students and the best for students.” He also sai d, “Your efforts have helped make the City University more efficient, more accountable and better prepared to equip students with the knowledge and tools they will need to meet the challenges of the new millennium.”

Dr. Paolucci said today that she decided to return to her own scholarly work, and cited her belief that the University was “entering a new phase in its restructuring and that a new chair should be in place for that purpose.”

CUNY Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich praised Chairwoman Paolucci as a “prominent scholar and university educator who worked tirelessly on behalf of the university.” He thanked her for her “deep dedication to the mission of the City University of New York and her unwavering commitment to providing an education of high quality to the people of New York.”

Major CUNY initiatives begun during Dr. Paolucci’s tenure include:

  • The phasing out of remediation at the senior colleges, and expanded collaborations with the city’s public schools to improve the academic preparation of students prior to college entry;
  • The establishment of a University proficiency examination to assess student progress and the revamping of teacher education programs, including new admission standards and incentives to recruit and retain high quality teacher candidates;
  • The designation of an acting president at Hostos Community College following an intensive review of the academic standards of the college;
  • The comprehensive revision of college presidential search procedures and the designation of a president for New York City Technical College.