Chancellor James B. Milliken today announced the appointment of Amy B. McIntosh, acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama administration, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategy, a new role where she will be responsible for guiding implementation of the University’s Strategic Framework and other important CUNY strategic objectives.

Ms. McIntosh will work closely with the Chancellor, Presidents and other senior university leadership in the planning, oversight and implementation of the vision for CUNY’s future development. She will provide strategic advice and coordination across the University to support progress on priority initiatives. She will help identify priorities, set benchmarks and time frames, and determine the financial and human resources needed to achieve the goals that will renew CUNY’s mission for the 21st century. The vision will enhance student preparedness for college, significantly improve graduation rates and give graduates more workplace experience to launch them on promising careers.

“CUNY has set an ambitious agenda with our Strategic Framework, and a comprehensive implementation plan is required to achieve its goals of academic excellence, expanded access, and improvement in student progress to graduation,” Chancellor Milliken said. “Amy McIntosh’s extensive and deep expertise as a key executive and manager in the federal, New York State and New York City education departments, and her many accomplishments in both the public and private sectors, will be helpful in navigating clear paths to achieving CUNY’s critical goals.”

Ms. McIntosh has deep experience as a leader in education. Her responsibilities during the Obama Administration included policy development, creation and implementation of Education Department budgets, and advancement of financial aid programs for low-income college students.

Ms. McIntosh served in the U.S. Department of Education from January 2014 to this past January, most recently as acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. In that post, she led a team shaping policy development from Pre-K-12 to higher education. She also developed and implemented two annual Education Department budgets of approximately $78 billion in discretionary funding, forged policy around the new P-12 Every Student Succeeds Act, advanced financial aid and grant programs to improve college access, affordability and completion for low-income college students, and navigated across multiple agencies including the White House and Office of Management and Budget.

Previously, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Policy, where she launched a new 50-state teacher-equity planning requirement to improve poor and minority students’ access to excellent educators, and launched a Preschool Development Grant program to increase state-funded preschool in 18 states.

Ms. McIntosh worked in the New York State Education Department from October 2010 to December 2013 as a Senior Fellow with the privately funded Regents Research Fund, providing policy and strategic leadership to the New York State Education Commissioner and the Board of Regents. She transformed management of teachers and principals through several initiatives to improve preparation, development and retention of excellent teachers and principals across the State, including initiating a grant program to establish differentiated compensation and career ladder incentives, with awards going to 221 districts and 42,000 teachers.

Ms. McIntosh holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She worked in the private sector from 1984 to 2004 at companies including American Express, where her last position was Senior Vice President-Marketing for the Consumer Card Group; Verizon, where she was President/General Manager, Consumer Internet Business; Zagat Survey, where she was CEO; and D&B, where she was Senior Vice President.

CUNY’s new Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategy will report to the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost and work closely with the Chancellor and other senior University leaders. Ms. McIntosh will also lead in the development and execution of a communications campaign to increase awareness of and participation in Strategic Framework-related activities and accomplishments.