The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today named the members of its Chancellor Search Committee and announced the hiring of a highly regarded national executive recruiting firm to help the committee identify top-flight candidates to succeed Chancellor James B. Milliken, who in November announced he would be stepping down at the end of the academic year.

“The Board is looking for an accomplished leader committed to our students’ academic and career success and affording all low- and middle-income New Yorkers access to a high-quality college education tuition-free,” said Board of Trustees Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr.  “The new Chancellor will embrace the University’s proud history of helping underrepresented and immigrant students succeed, as well as its unparalleled diversity today, and lead CUNY into the future by setting the standard for quality and access in public higher education in the United States.”

In accordance with CUNY Board of Trustees guidelines, the Chancellor Search Committee is composed of at least five trustees, with the Board’s chairperson serving as the search committee’s chair and the Board’s vice chair serving as the search committee’s vice chair.  In addition, the guidelines stipulate the search committee is to include two college presidents, two faculty members, two student leaders and an alumnus.

These are the members of the Chancellor Search Committee and their affiliations:

William C. Thompson Jr., Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees
Barry F. Schwartz, Vice Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees
Henry T. Berger, Trustee, CUNY Board of Trustees
Fernando Ferrer, Trustee, CUNY Board of Trustees
Una S. T-Clarke, Trustee, CUNY Board of Trustees
Kevin D. Kim, Trustee, CUNY Board of Trustees
Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Trustee, CUNY Board of Trustees
Karol V. Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College
John Aderounmu, Chairperson, University Student Senate
Huiling Cai, Student, LaGuardia Community College
Katherine M. Conway, Chair, University Faculty Senate
Ruth E. Stark, Distinguished Professor, City College
John Banks, President, Real Estate Board of New York

The search will be assisted by Isaacson, Miller, a highly regarded national executive search firm devoted to recruiting exceptional leaders.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 272,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.