Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments of Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and Barry F. Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees

Andrew M. CuomoGovernor
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointments of Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and Barry F. Schwartz to serve on the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees.“The City University of New York system is a world-class higher education institution that provides quality and affordable education to students in the five boroughs,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is also a powerful economic engine in our communities, nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators and preparing the next generation’s workforce. I am pleased to appoint Borough President James Molinaro and Mr. Barry Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees, who will bring invaluable experience from both the public and private sectors to the University. I thank them for their leadership as CUNY continues to serve the students of New York City with the highest standards.”Chairperson Benno C. Schmidt, the CUNY Board of Trustees, said, “We are deeply grateful to Trustees Kathleen M. Pesile and Jeffrey Wiesenfeld for their longstanding and dedicated service to the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York and to the people of our State and City. We intend to express our profound appreciation at an appropriate time. We commend Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on his nomination of two distinguished individuals to the CUNY Board of Trustees. We welcome and look forward to working with Borough President James P. Molinaro and Barry F. Schwartz in maintaining our momentum as the leading urban public higher education system in the nation.”Staten Island Borough President James P. MolinaroThe Honorable James P. Molinaro is serving his third term as Borough President of Staten Island. Previously, Borough President Molinaro served 12 years as Deputy Borough President and 7 years as Chief of Staff to a United States Congressman. Prior to becoming a public servant, Borough President Molinaro, a longtime resident of the Fort Wadsworth section of Staten Island, operated a successful recycling business. Borough President Molinaro has called the College of Staten Island “a tremendous source of pride for the residents of my Borough” and in an open letter to the CUNY Trustees written earlier this year, asked the Trustees to “bear in mind the hopes, dreams, and limitless potential of the countless students who have and who will continue to flourish through a CUNY education.”Barry F. SchwartzMr. Schwartz has served as the Executive Vice Chairman at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc. since 2007. He first joined the company in 1989 and rose to the position of General Counsel in 1993. Mr. Schwartz sits on the board of a number of MacAndrews affiliates including Revlon, Inc., Scientific Games Corporation, and Harland Clarke Holdings Corporation. Mr. Schwartz is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Kenyon College and a member of Georgetown University Law Center’s Board of Visitors. He holds an A.B., cum laude, from Kenyon College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a member of the Boards of New York City Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Human Rights First.

Staten Island Borough President Molinaro and Mr. Schwartz replace Kathleen Pesile and Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, respectively, whose tenures on the Board have expired.

About the CUNY Board of Trustees

The CUNY Board of Trustees is the sole body responsible for governing the activities of the University. The Board convenes regularly to discuss, review, and pass resolutions relating to the administrative procedures, academic standards, and financial health of the University. The Board is composed of 17 Trustees, including 2 ex-officio members, 10 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and 5 members appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York. The Trustees appointed by the Governor include at least one resident of each of the five boroughs and also include at least two alumni of an educational unit in the City University.

It is the policy and purpose of the CUNY Board of Trustees, “to preserve, enhance, and improve the University as an institution of the highest quality and standards, with a faculty and administration charged to fulfill both the general and specific missions of the University: to educate and serve the people of New York City, to constitute an urban-oriented institution of higher education, and to engage persistently in the search for knowledge and truth.”

About the City University of New York

The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 270,000 adult, continuing, and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City. The University includes eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, The Macaulay Honors College, and five graduate and professional schools, located throughout New York City’s five boroughs.


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