Statement from Chancellor James B. Milliken

I received a letter yesterday afternoon from the state director of operations, which was critical of salaries at both CUNY and SUNY systems. We are carefully reviewing the state data provided by the Empire Center as well as comparisons to costs of other large systems. We share the Governor’s interest in cost effectiveness and administrative efficiencies, and CUNY has taken a number of steps this year to reduce administrative costs, such as cuts in hiring and purchasing. CUNY has also realized significant efficiencies by moving a number of major administrative functions to a shared services model, including admissions, financial aid, human resources, public safety and others. These changes have been possible in large part because CUNY’s campuses are all located in one city. More can and should be done. I met with all CUNY presidents this morning and we discussed additional opportunities for system and college efficiencies. We look forward to working with our Board of Trustees, the state, city and SUNY on opportunities for additional savings.