CCNY President

President, City College of New York


The City College of New York, our country’s first free public institution of higher education and the flagship campus of the City University of New York, seeks a new president, a leader who will chart the college’s course – and steward its core commitments to access and excellence – into the future.


Located in Harlem, on a beautifully historic campus, City College has long represented one of the nation’s great experiments in public education and, today, it remains one of the country’s great democratic achievements. For generations of students, many of them working class and immigrants, City College has been life changing, an engine of economic mobility and a pathway to a brighter future.


City College supports an excellent faculty totaling 1650, including 628 full-time faculty and over 1000 adjunct faculty who support the core teaching of the college. City College continues to attract an increasingly strong and diverse student body, which today numbers just over 16,500. Throughout its continued growth and evolution, City College has remained true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation, and it boasts a deeply loyal and impressive alumni base. The college’s graduates include nine Nobel laureates and numerous nationally recognized leaders in diverse academic, cultural, social, political, scientific, and commercial fields.


The president of City College reports to the Chancellor of the CUNY system and works closely with the College’s senior leadership team. She or he will provide strategic, transparent leadership and will work to galvanize the college community around a shared vision for City’s future. In addition, the successful candidate will bring an astute sense for managing organizational dynamics, a strong commitment to exceptional scholarly inquiry, a proven record of leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion, demonstrated financial and managerial acumen, experience supporting and strengthening student success, and the capacity to fundraise for and represent City College externally. The next president must bring uncompromising personal and professional integrity to the role, the highest standards of ethics and accountability, and a style of communication that is values-based, honest, and inclusive. The president must also be passionate about City College’s core mission and, more broadly, about the purpose and impact of public higher education in our country.


Today, City College stands at the intersection of its historical past and the promise for a vibrant future. It has strong programs with excellent student appeal, and, looking forward, it has the opportunity to add to its menu of academic choices and sharpen student success, aiding both mission and the financial resources available to the institution. With strong leadership, this is a moment in City’s history when it can maximize its many assets and step confidently into its next chapter.


City College has engaged Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted in confidence at The anticipated start date for the president will be fall 2017.


Diversity and inclusion are core values of The City University of New York. We believe adherence to these values creates an environment that best allows our students, faculty and staff to learn, to work and to succeed. CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

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