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Jennifer J. Raab is marking her 15th anniversary as President of Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, with 23,000 students, five schools, and an annual operating budget of more than $250 million. President Raab has led the successful transformation of Hunter College from an open-admissions institution to a selective, highly ranked college; under her leadership both graduation and retention rates have increased markedly.
Since she has assumed the presidency, Hunter has significantly increased its government grants and awards and strengthened its fiscal management. President Raab has been responsible for securing $335 million in private support for the college. She has launched a $25 million library renovation; a science research and nursing/health professions facility in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; a floor in the new Belfer Research Building at Weill Cornell Medical College; a $131 million School of Social Work and Public Health in East Harlem; a new facility in Tribeca for Hunter’s renowned art graduate program and gallery; and the $25 million restoration of the historic 1908 Roosevelt House.
President Raab’s career in public service began in 1979 as special projects manager for the South Bronx Development Organization, after which she was named Director of Public Affairs for the New York City Planning Commission. In 1988, she served as campaign director for a local state senate candidate, and in 1989 she was issues director for Rudolph Giuliani’s mayoral campaign.
President Raab was a litigator Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul, Weiss, after which she was appointed Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, a post she held from 1994 to 2001.
President Raab is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York, and sits on the boards of directors of The After School Corporation, United Way New York, and the One To World Foundation, and was a member of the 2004-05 New York City Charter Revision Commission.
A graduate of Hunter College High School (whose campus she now oversees), President Raab has also graduated from Cornell University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Harvard Law School. In 2016, President Raab’s achievements were recognized by her election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.