CUNY’s Chancellor Will Step Down After 14 Years in Office

Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York since 1999, announced on Friday that he would step down this summer. Mr. Goldstein has led the institution through a period of many changes that brought record enrollments.

In recent years he oversaw the creation of a new community college, seeking to focus on improving graduation rates and preparing students for careers. That institution, CUNY’s first new community college in more than four decades, enrolled its first class of students last fall.

Mr. Goldstein’s tenure at CUNY has also been marked by a contentious debate with faculty members over an effort to streamline the university’s curriculum, to make transferring credits across the 24-campus system easier. The curricular changes have sparked vocal protests and lawsuits from faculty members who argue that the drive for efficiency could water down quality.

In a letter to the CUNY community, Mr. Goldstein touted among his accomplishments the hiring of 2,000 more full-time faculty members. He called CUNY a “transformed institution” and said he was proud of the “essential role” it plays.

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