Chairman Herman Badillo Reappointed to CUNY Board of Trustees

The New York State Senate has unanimously approved the reappointment of City University Board of Trustees Chairman Herman Badillo by Governor George A. Pataki on June 22 to a new seven year term, effective immediately.

Chairman Badillo has served as a Trustee for over a decade, including two years as Vice Chairman of the Board . On June 1, 1999 Gov. Pataki appointed him to the post of Chairman, and said: “Chairman Badillo shares my commitment to ensuring that CUNY students meet the highest standards.”

Service on the CUNY Board of Trustees is pro bono.

In addition to his duties at CUNY, Chairman Badillo has been an education advisor to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani since 1993. As Mayor’s Special Counsel for the Fiscal Oversight of Education, Mr. Badillo prepared in 1994 a fiscal analysis of the New York City Board of Education that identified troubling patterns in the growth of special education and bi-lingual programs and other areas.

Chairman Badillo was also a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on CUNY. In June 1999, the Task Force issued a comprehensive analysis of CUNY, which has served as a blueprint for change at the University.

Chairman Badillo has spent much of his life in public service. He was the first Hispanic Commissioner in the history of New York City, the first Hispanic elected as a Borough President, the first person of Puerto Rican origin elected to the United States Congress, and later became the first Hispanic Deputy Mayor in New York City’s history. He currently serves as President of One Hundred Hispanic Men. Mr. Badillo lives in Manhattan with his wife Gail, who is a teacher in a New York City public middle school. His son David is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois.

Chairman Badillo has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from City College, and was Class Valedictorian and a Cum Laude graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1955 and became a certified public accountant in 1956.