The Office of the Secretary
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
It is a pleasure to welcome the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) as well as members of the public to Baruch College for the Board’s annual Manhattan Borough Hearing.
The CUNY system has distinguished itself over the decades by providing exceptional opportunities to New Yorkers of every race and ethnicity and from all walks of life, conferring more than one million degrees from 24 colleges over the past half century. The majority of CUNY graduates remain in our city, serving the needs of an evolving economy while strengthening workforce diversity.
Since the founding of the Free Academy in 1847, CUNY has been a notable incubator for immigrant talent, championing equal education opportunities for members of the many ethnic communities that make up our city.
I am proud of Manhattan’s 11 CUNY schools and the close relationship between my office and CUNY, especially the CUNY interns and fellows whose work greatly benefits the borough. Our office and CUNY share a common goal of helping more students enter and succeed in college and encouraging the best and brightest CUNY graduates to stay and work here.
CUNY is personally important to me by providing the opportunity to co-teach a public policy course at Hunter College with Ruth Messinger, the first woman Manhattan Borough President and a beloved mentor of mine.
My office is looking forward to working with CUNY and Chancellor James B. Milliken in the year ahead to expand educational opportunities for Manhattan residents.
Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President