More Reforms of Governance, Administrative Policies

The Trustees of The City University of New York have a second round of reforms of the University’s governance and administrative policies, ensuring greater transparency and accountability by CUNY and its 24 individual institutions. Along with changes adopted by the board in June, the revised policies put CUNY at the vanguard of financial integrity in higher education, said Board Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr. The new policies strengthen governance on all CUNY campuses in areas ranging from day-to-day fiscal management to financial relationships between the colleges and independent entities that support them. This second round of policy changes follows a broad review of administrative practices and financial management at CUNY to address concerns raised by New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. In an interim report issued earlier, the inspector general recommended that CUNY implement centralized spending policies and more rigorous controls over the financial management of CUNY-based foundations and their affairs.

Bryant Named Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

BryantThe City University of New York Board of Trustees named Brigette A. Bryant the first Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, a post in which she is charged with leading the development of a CUNY-wide advancement operation.

This work is essential to significantly increasing the University’s effectiveness in private fundraising. Bryant will work closely with the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, donors, the college presidents and the senior advancement team throughout CUNY to increase the success of fundraising across the University. She will focus on the expansion of major and principal gifts and annual and planned giving. Bryant was Associate Vice President for Development at Seton Hall University and formerly held top fundraising jobs at Tufts University and Case Western Reserve University, as well as other development positions in higher education including at Columbia University. Ms. Bryant brings to CUNY a successful record of building fundraising infrastructure, securing large gifts and leading capital campaigns in higher education institutions.

Gardens Yes, Nitro No

“There’s a big movement … to change what people do in their yards,” says Peter Groffman, ecosystems professor at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, referring to the use of lawn fertilizer. Fertilizer contains nutrients like nitrogen which washes into waterways, hurting aquatic life. Flower-growing homeowners’ habits may change, Groffman says, if they can keep “the benefits” of having a lawn.

Rhodes, Marshall and AAUW Winners

Two CUNY seniors in the fall won the most prestigious prizes for graduate study in the United Kingdom. Thamara Jean, a Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College student, is one of 32 Americans to win a Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest award for international study at the University of Oxford. She will study political theory. Her senior thesis on the Black Lives Matter movement was published in the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society. Last summer, she conducted research for Harvard professor Brandon Terry, who is writing a book on the intellectual history of the Black Power movement. Josephine Cooke of Queens College is one of 43 American students to receive a Marshall Scholarship, which the British Government sponsors for graduate study at any UK university. A senior neuroscience and psychology double-major, Cooke plans to complete a Ph.D. at either Imperial College London or Brunel University, focusing on how dance therapy can be used to rehabilitate neurological disorders. Eventually, she hopes to open a clinic dedicated to arts therapy and neurorehabilitation. Also, the American Association of University Women awarded 2017-2018 American Fellowships for research or dissertation completion to Claudia Astorino, a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology at the Graduate Center; Zinga Frazer, an assistant professor at Brooklyn College, and doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, whose dissertation is on post-civil rights activists Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan; and Natalia Ortiz, a doctoral candidate in education at the Graduate Center, who examines how to confront racism through theater. AAUW awarded a Career Development grant to Sandra Hong, who pursues an M.A. in creative writing at Brooklyn College that explores identity and familial relationships.

Vincent Boudreau 13th President of CCNY

Vincent BoudreauThe Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Vincent Boudreau as the 13th president of The City College of New York. He had served as interim president since Nov. 2, 2016. A professor of political science, member of the CUNY graduate faculty and former department chair, he was the founding dean of the college’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership in 2013 and, from 2002 though 2013, directed the earlier Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service. “The Board of Trustees is thrilled to have found a homegrown candidate who so ably meets the central charge stated in our search for a new president of The City College of New York: ‘a leader who will chart the college’s course — and steward its core commitments to access and excellence — into the future,’ ” said Board Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr.

CSI Professor Wins $100,00 Poetry Award

SmithAn English professor at the College of Staten Island, Patricia Smith, has won the prestigious $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, expanding the ranks of exceptionally accomplished CUNY poets whose works have drawn the highest honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes in three years.
The Kingsley Tufts award, considered one of the most prestigious and lucrative poetry prizes, recognizes Smith’s collection “Incendiary Art: Poems,” which explores tragedy and grief in black lives and communities. The award, based at Claremont Graduate University in California, is given to a poet in midcareer and is the most lucrative prize in the world given for a single volume of poetry. “CUNY is home to a remarkable number of exceptionally talented poets, who enrich our students’ educational experience as well as the culture at large,” Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “We congratulate Patricia Smith on this wonderful recognition.” “This is one of the best moments in my entire life,” said Smith, who also recently won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry, for the “Incendiary Art” collection, published by Northwestern University Press. Smith is also the author of six critically recognized poetry collections, as well as having been a 2008 National Book Award finalist

CUNY, PSC Agree on Faculty Workload

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The City University of New York and Professional Staff Congress have reached agreement on a restructuring of the workload of full-time teaching faculty that will enable professors to devote more time to individual work with students, to advising, holding office hours, conducting academic research and engaging in other activities that contribute to student success. The agreement reduces the annual contractual undergraduate teaching workload by three credit hours and will be phased in over three years, one credit hour a year, starting with the 2018-19 academic year. The agreement covers both the senior and community colleges of CUNY and all full-time classroom teaching faculty. “This agreement recognizes that faculty work encompasses critical elements in addition to classroom teaching, better positioning our faculty to address critical responsibilities such as student advising and mentoring,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. When the University and PSC settled the last collective bargaining agreement in June 2016, they agreed to convene a joint labor-management committee with the goal of addressing the faculty’s teaching workload. With the workload agreement in place, the University and union will move on to negotiating a successor to the recently expired contract.