Statement by CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt

We strongly support the efforts of CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and the University’s administration in working to obtain a fair contract with faculty and staff. The Chancellor has indicated that the resolution of the collective bargaining is his highest priority and the Board of Trustees is in complete agreement.

The University has made enormous strides just over the past year, including record enrollment levels, the launching of a new medical and film school, the opening of state-of-the art science facilities, the expansion of our highly successful and independently evaluated Accelerated Studies in Associate Programs (ASAP) and a ten-fold increase in Dreamer student scholarships. None of this could have taken place without the commitment and efforts of dedicated faculty and staff.

We will continue to work with the relevant parties to bring about a resolution so that the University may be fully positioned to fulfill its vital mission to educate the people of New York.