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Biography

Chancellor James B. Milliken James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken is chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university system, which comprises 24 institutions throughout New York City. His appointment by the CUNY Board of Trustees began June 1, 2014. He also holds a faculty appointment at the CUNY School of Law.

Prior to his appointment at CUNY, Chancellor Milliken was president of the University of Nebraska for nearly a decade. He also held faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska’s College of Law and the School of Public Administration. He previously served as senior vice president of the 16 campus University of North Carolina and as vice president and corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska.

Milliken is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska and a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He practiced law on Wall Street before joining the University of Nebraska in 1988. He also worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant for a congresswoman from Nebraska.

Milliken is a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education, the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness and the Business Higher Education Forum. He was a member of the recent ACE Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement and is a member of the Higher Education Working Group of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and is the past chair of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. Milliken also co-chaired the Council on Competitiveness’ Regional Innovation Initiative.

Milliken and his wife, Nana Smith, live in New York City and are the parents of three children.

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