University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be leaving Nebraska for a new role in New York.
Milliken announced Wednesday that after nearly a decade as NU’s president, he will leave to become the next chancellor of the City University of New York, the nation’s premier urban public university. The Board of Trustees of CUNY voted unanimously to appoint Milliken as its seventh chancellor.
Milliken has served as NU president since 2004 and is a nationally prominent leader in public higher education. “As a native Nebraskan, serving as president of the University of Nebraska has been one of the greatest privileges of my career. I am incredibly proud of what’s happening here, which is a testament to the quality of our outstanding faculty, students and the leadership of many. Today, the University of Nebraska is doing more than ever to provide students in Nebraska and beyond with an affordable, excellent education, to conduct research in areas critical to people in Nebraska and around the world and to help people in communities across the state live healthier, more productive lives. This university is poised for great things. While it is difficult to leave, I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chancellor of CUNY, a university that plays such a vital role for the nation’s largest city and the entire country.”
Milliken will assume the position of chancellor no later than June 1st.
CUNY is the third-largest university system in the United States with 24 campuses across New York City. The chancellor is CUNY’s highest-ranking official with the campus presidents reporting to him or her.
“I know I speak for my colleagues on the Board of Regents when I say that we are happy for President Milliken and his family as they start a new chapter of their lives at CUNY, but we are also sorry to lose them,” said Tim Clare, chairman of the NU Board of Regents.
“President Milliken has been an extraordinary visionary for the University of Nebraska. His leadership, coupled with his tireless work ethic and magnetic personality, has taken the University of Nebraska to new heights that have benefited not only the university, but also the entire state of Nebraska. We thank J.B. and Nana for everything they have done for the University of Nebraska and the state. They have made a difference in so many peoples’ lives and we wish them nothing but the best.”
Clare said a national search will be conducted for the next president of the University of Nebraska. In accordance with university policy, the Board of Regents will appoint an advisory committee to assist the board in the search.
The size and composition of the advisory committee will be determined by the board, but it will include representatives of the principal constituencies with which the president interacts.
Clare said an interim NU president likely will be designated by the board at a later date.