August 29, 2017, 6:29 pm | News, Speeches and Writing

Dear Colleagues, I’m pretty confident most of you would agree that our annual fall ritual – classes starting and campuses filled with the energy and optimism of the new academic year – represent the best of our traditions. I hope, for my sake, that you also enjoy, or at least tolerate, the annual welcome back letter. I want to share a few thoughts as the new academic year begins and express my thanks for all you do for The City University of New York and our amazing students.

Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 13, 2017, 7:54 pm | Speeches and Writing

On a tragic day in April, 1968, our nation suffered a profound blow with the assassination of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Those who understood the immense power of his message of equality and opportunity promptly sought to ensure that his mission would endure, and just four days later legislation was introduced to make Dr. King’s birthday a holiday so that the nation would honor his leadership and keep his goals alive. It went nowhere.

Fulbright Scholars Reception Remarks

December 6, 2016, 12:00 am | Speeches and Writing

Seventy years ago, the United States did something historically rare and remarkably farsighted. At enormous cost, we had fought and won a brutal World War, and after that victory, instead of retrenching our leaders launched another battle, this time to win the peace in a way that, they hoped, would make it permanent.

Remarks from the NYFC Annual Fall Gala

September 16, 2016, 6:28 pm | Speeches and Writing

Thank you very much, Steve. I am deeply grateful to New Yorkers for Children and your executive director, Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, for what is a very special honor—for The City University of New York and for me—named for a person who defines the term “public servant.”

Conference Remarks for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

August 11, 2016, 5:55 pm | Speeches and Writing

I want to begin by thanking everyone here for joining us for this 8th annual event. Two years ago, shortly after joining CUNY, I kicked off this conference. Today, looking at the progress we’ve made, I am proud of what we’ve all accomplished together since that time.