James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Mr. Milliken, a lawyer by training, was appointed Chancellor and distinguished professor of law at the CUNY School of Law in 2014. He previously served as president of the University of Nebraska for a decade, where he held faculty appointments in the schools of law and public administration, and as senior vice president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina.
At CUNY, Mr. Milliken has developed and implemented initiatives to improve access to higher education in New York City, especially for underrepresented groups and the city’s most vulnerable youth, helped scale up innovative programs to ensure that more students attain graduation in a timely manner, and expanded efforts that provide workplace experience and advance the opportunities for successful careers. The Chancellor has also increased significantly support and scholarships to a number of important groups, including undocumented students, known as “DREAMers,” students who have been in the foster care system, students from the corrections system who are reentering their communities and military veterans. Under his leadership, CUNY launched its first School of Medicine, located on the City College campus in Harlem, which will increase access to an academically intensive medical education and train physicians for underserved communities across the state. The same year CUNY also opened its new Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.
Chancellor Milliken is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness, the Business-Higher Education Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Economic Club of New York. He has also served in leadership positions at the American Council on Education and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.