Press Release: Mellon Challenge Grant to Attract Outstanding Faculty to The Graduate Center

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded The Graduate Center of The City University of New York a special challenge grant of $1 million toward a permanent endowment to support the recruitment and retention of faculty. The resulting funds will be used to supplement key salary offers and to augment salaries of distinguished scholars already on the faculty, allowing The Graduate Center to maintain its position as one of the country=s leading doctoral studies institutions. Made in the context of the current $30 million Campaign for The Graduate Center, the challenge grant requires the school to raise $2 million in matching funds within five years, bringing the resulting faculty recruitment and retention endowment to a total of $3 million.

More than one-third of The Graduate Center=s rated doctoral programs placed among the nation=s top 20 in the most recent National Research Council rankings. Intent on maintaining and improving that level of distinction, The Graduate Center has over the past several years focused on recruiting outstanding new faculty, resulting in over 20 new appointments of esteemed scholars, all acclaimed leaders in their respective fields. The new Mellon challenge enables The Graduate Center to continue competing for such faculty, thereby maintaining the high quality of its doctoral programs and, in turn, attracting top-level students. In addition to supplementing key salaries, the new endowment funds will help provide supporting resources such as an assistant or special equipment.

"It is imperative that we sustain and expand on the excellence we have so far achieved," said Graduate Center President Frances Degen Horowitz. "To do so, we must continue to recruit faculty of the highest caliber and keep those who are already here. It is gratifying to have this help from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the vote of confidence it represents in The Graduate Center."

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, the school draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City, augmented by about 125 faculty who teach only at The Graduate Center. Established in 1961, the school has grown to an enrollment of about 3,800 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2003

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