James Milliken

James Milliken is the current chancellor for the City University of New York, the nation’s third-largest university system. The CUNY Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Milliken as the university system’s seventh chancellor.

Milliken, a Fremont, Nebraska native, began his career at the University of Nebraska as an assistant to the president in 1988. He later became a vice president of external affairs before leaving in 1998 for a similar role at the University of North Carolina. He returned to the University of Nebraska as president in 2004.

Milliken’s role places him as the highest-ranking official at CUNY, which has 24 campuses throughout New York City and 270,000 degree-credit students. Milliken earned his law degree from New York University in 1983, and spent the better part of a decade serving in the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division in New York City. He also spent five years as an attorney on Wall Street, and worked in Washington as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Rep. Virginia Smith.