James L. Muyskens, CEO of Georgia High Tech Campus, Is Named Queens College President

May 1, 2002 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Dr. James L. Muyskens, CEO and Dean of the Faculty of the Gwinnett University Center/University System of Georgia, to become the ninth president of Queens College. His nomination was recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Dr. Muyskens’ senior-level and extensive administrative experience includes serving as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Georgia which includes 205,000 students and 8,000 faculty members on 34 campuses. As part of the university system 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 the University’s extensive investigation into instructional technology and distance learning and developing a technology plan for higher education in Georgia, Dr. 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 the “bricks and clicks” campus.

The appointment to Queens College marks Dr. Muysken’s 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. Dr. Muysken’s also served as chairman of Hunter College’s Department of Philosophy and Director of the Religion Program.

“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 of Dr. Muyskens was the culmination of a national search by a committee headed by Trustee Wellington Chen and included trustees, faculty, administrators, students and alumni.

Dr. Muyskens also served from 1988 to 1995 as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

A graduate of Central College Iowa, he earned a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. His publications include many on ethics, especially for health care providers, including Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation published in 1982. Two chapters were reprinted in 1990 in Ethics in Nursing: An Anthology.

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.

Queens College, one of eleven senior colleges of The City University of New York, was founded in 1937. Located in Flushing, Queens, on a 76 acre campus, it has an enrollment of more than 15,200 degree credit students and a nationally prominent faculty. The student body reflects its location in the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, with students who come from 120 different countries and speak more than 66 native languages.

Queens College is ranked in the top quartile of Northern Colleges and Universities by U.S. News and World Report. The College also is 35th in the national in the number of graduates who have earned Ph.D. degrees and is among the top 100 institutions awarding Bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students. It educates more teachers than any other college in New York City. Outstanding programs are offered in mathematics and science; social science; and the arts and humanities, including at the Aaron Copland School of Music. It is one of five CUNY colleges to host the new CUNY Honors College this year. Among its nationally influential innovations are the ACE (Adult and Continuing Education) degree.

The College also offers Weekend College, making it possible to earn a bachelor’s degree on Saturdays and Sundays. Its Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, unique in CUNY, offers a Master of Library Science degree and certificates in Librarianship. Community outreach is provided by the Gertz Speech and Hearing Center, the Colden Center for the Performing Arts, the Asian/American Center, and other facilities. The campus also features state of the art computer and science labs, a spectacular music building, and the six-story 680,000-volume Rosenthal Library.