University of Nebraska President James Milliken will be leaving the university to become the chancellor of the City University of New York.
CUNY is the third-largest university system in the country. It has 24 campuses across the city with 270,000 degree-credit students and 218,000 adult, continuing, and professional education students. Milliken will begin work with CUNY no later than June 1st.
Milliken was the first Nebraskan and the first University of Nebraska graduate to become president of the four-campus, university system. He has served as president since 2004.
“As a native Nebraskan, serving as president of the University of Nebraska has been one of the greatest privileges of my career,” Milliken said in a statement released by the university. “While it is difficult to leave, I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chancellor of CUNY, a university that plays such a vital role for the nation’s largest city and the entire country.”
Gov. Dave Heineman praised Milliken’s leadership at the University of Nebraska.
“J.B. Milliken has been an outstanding President of the University of Nebraska, and I am proud of the work we have been able accomplish together over the last nine years in our respective capacities. Nebraskans appreciate his leadership during his time as NU President and while we are sad to see him leave our great state, we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Heineman said in a statement released by his office.
Sen. Mike Johanns also released a statement:
“On behalf of all Nebraskans, Stephanie and I thank J.B. for his dedication to higher education in our state. He has done a tremendous job leading the University of Nebraska system over the past ten years, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Under Miliken’s leadership, the university has increased investments in need-based financial aid to record levels, has increased enrollment to a 20-year high, has increased research funding to new levels, and has engaged in a capital campaign that has topped $1.5 billion.
A national search will be undertaken for the next president of the University of Nebraska. The NU Board of Regents will appoint an advisory committee to assist the board in the search.