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Chancellor Goldstein Is Playing a Key Role In Shaping Regional Economic Plan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has tapped CUNY to play a leading role in helping the state create a comprehensive economic development plan for the New York City region.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy at New York City Regional Economic Development Council meeting at the Graduate Center.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is co-chairing one of 10 regional councils from around the state whose mission is to create a five-year strategic plan. The councils, which present their plans to the state on Nov. 14, are competing for $200 million in capital funds and tax credits. The four regions that come up with the top plans will get $40 million each; the rest of the money will be divided among the other six.

The councils — which are chaired by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and comprised of local officials, business leaders and community leaders — are part of Cuomo’s plan to take a community-based approach to stimulate economic development and create jobs statewide.

“Today, we are taking a new approach to economic development that will send a clear message that New York is open for business,” Cuomo said at the July 29 launch of the project. “With the regional councils, we will empower individual areas to chart their own course for job creation and growth.”

The New York City regional meetings, scheduled at CUNY campuses, focus on development in Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties. Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express, is Goldstein’s co-chair. At the inaugural meeting on Aug. 10 at Baruch College, Goldstein said that CUNY’s task force on jobs, formed before Cuomo’s initiative, puts it in “significant alignment” with the goals of the New York City regional council.

Jay Hershenson, senior vice chancellor for University relations, said Goldstein’s appointment to the council “is both an important recognition of the chancellor’s exemplary leadership and CUNY’s invaluable role in preparing the city’s workforce to meet the challenges of a highly competitive, increasingly technology-driven and global economy.”

In addition to Goldstein, Marcia V. Keizs, president of York College, is on the council. Howard Apsan, University director of environmental, health, safety and risk management, and Suri Duitch, University associate dean of continuing education, are facilitators.

Commemorating CUNY’s Golden Anniversary Via Historic Photos and Recollections

City College’s cathedral-scale Great Hall was the grand setting for historic events, including the 1963 inauguration of Chancellor Albert Hosmer Bowker.

Fifty years ago, then-Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller signed legislation codifying New York City’s system of seven municipal colleges as a new University, with the new authority to grant doctoral degrees. That April 1961 milestone, which marked the birth of the modern-day City University of New York and heralded the creation of the Graduate Center, evolved from a series of historical, political, demographic and cultural forces reflecting decades of change in the city and the nation.

In its Fall 2011 issue, Salute to Scholars commemorates the birth of the modern University with a detailed exploration of the forces — city, state and national — that fueled the decision to establish a public university in New York City. It looks at the educational, financial and social challenges the institution has faced, and the mission it has embraced from the mid-1800s to today. The Salute to Scholars article, illustrated by some rarely seen historical photographs of New York’s public college system as it expanded to meet the burgeoning demand of the mid-20th century, can be read online at

Photo credit: Team New York

CCNY’s ‘Solar Roof Pod’ Heads to Washington Contest

City College’s entry in an international competition is shown above being hoisted onto a flatbed truck at Marshak Science Center for shipment to the U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon at the Washington, D.C. Mall. Judging ends Oct. 2. The “solar roof pod” — alone among 19 collegiate entries designed for a dense, urban environment — was built by students and faculty at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and the Grove School of Engineering. Intended for the roofs of commercial and residential buildings, it boasts a unique heating and cooling system twice as energy-efficient as conventional units. It also generates 10 kilowatts of electricity, twice what a typical house uses, so its owners can live off-the-grid and sell the surplus.

State OKs New Community College

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved creation of the New Community College in a Sept. 20 letter to Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. The college is scheduled to open in Fall 2012 near Manhattan’s Bryant Park. “We are finding strong support and helpful collaboration across CUNY’s other campuses,” said college President Scott Evenbeck. In 2007, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein asked John Mogulescu, senior University dean for academic affairs, to plan for a differently structured school to boost graduation rates. Tracy Meade directed that effort.