CUNY Chancellor Milliken to Resign in June 2018

Chancellor James B. Milliken. /

Chancellor James B. Milliken announced Tuesday in a letter that he will be stepping down at the end of this academic year due to health problems.

“Some additional health challenges have followed and will require my attention in the months ahead, but thankfully my prognosis remains very good,” said Milliken. The letter comes eight months after he first announced he had been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Chancellor Milliken has held the position since 2014. In his letter, Milliken highlights some of his taccomplishments including increasing graduation rates at CUNY community colleges, the launching of the new school of medicine,and selecting 12 new campus heads, including eight that were women and people of color. But Chancellor Milliken also governed during some controversies, including investigations of CUNY foundations and former president of City College, Lisa S. Coico’s expenses.

Chancellor Milliken said his commitment to the university will not change over his remaining months.

“I plan to spend the months ahead continuing to work closely with the board and campus leaders to implement the University’s strategic plans and complete the work we’ve had underway to reform many of CUNY’s long-standing policies and practices to improve financial oversight, internal controls, transparency and best practices,” he wrote.

A search for the next chancellor will begin in January. The new chancellor is expected to be selected for the 2018-2019 academic year. With a new chancellor and large changes to the board of trustees – of the 17 trustees, 15 were appointed since 2014 – CUNY may see big changes to strategy in 2018.

“These new trustees will have their own ideas about CUNY, and they should have the opportunity to help shape the leadership and agenda for the future,” the chancellor wrote.

“I have been given one of life’s great gifts – the chance to do something I love that has a positive impact on many,” said Chancellor Milliken at the end of his letter. “I will always be grateful for that opportunity and for the relationships I have had with the students, faculty and staff of The City University of New York.”


A Chancellor is a leader of a college or university.

The Chancellor is like the CEO of the college. They are in charge of not only of the faculty, staff, and students, but the financial well-being of the college. They formulate plans and programs for the college and help design the budget. The chancellor also advocates for the university by representing it at seminars and leadership conferences and encouraging donations and funding from groups, organizations and alumni.

While the president of the college, Michelle Anderson,
looks over Brooklyn College, the Chancellor is in charge of
the entire CUNY system and all of the colleges that fall under it.

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