University of Nebraska president J.B. Milliken is leaving to become the next chancellor at the City University of New York. The CUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved Milliken's appointment in a special meeting Wednesday.
CUNY is the third largest university system in the country, with 270,000 students at 24 campuses across New York City.
“I know I speak for my colleagues on the Board of Regents when I say that we are happy for President Milliken and his family as they start a new chapter of their lives at CUNY, but we are also sorry to lose them,” said Tim Clare, chairman of the NU Board of Regents. “President Milliken has been an extraordinary visionary for the University of Nebraska. His leadership, coupled with his tireless work ethic and magnetic personality, has taken the University of Nebraska to new heights that have benefitted not only the university, but also the entire state of Nebraska. We have done a great deal to fulfill our mission as a leading 21st-century university and our trajectory puts us in a strong position to continue this momentum. We thank J.B. and Nana for everything they have done for the University of Nebraska and the state. They have made a difference in so many peoples’ lives, and we wish them nothing but the best.”
Milliken served as president of the University of Nebraska for nearly a decade. He will begin his new post at CUNY no later than June 1.
Clare said a national search will be conducted for the next president of the University of Nebraska. He said an interim NU president likely will be designated by the Board at a later date.