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Presidential Search

The City University of New York has concluded its search for the next president of The Graduate Center. On March 30, 2020, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York voted to appoint Robin L. Garrell as president of The Graduate Center.

About The Graduate Center, CUNY

The Graduate Center is a leader in public graduate education devoted to enhancing the public good through pioneering research, serious learning, and reasoned debate. The Graduate Center offers ambitious students more than 40 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber taught by top faculty from throughout CUNY.

Through its nearly 40 centers, institutes, initiatives and the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), The Graduate Center influences public policy and discourse, and shapes innovation by promoting interdisciplinary research, facilitating collaboration and supporting students, postdoctoral appointments, and visiting scholars. Its extensive public programs make it a home for culture and conversation.

The Graduate Center’s University Center also provides an administrative home for five University programs: the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY; CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies; CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy; the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies; the CUNY School of Professional Studies; and Macaulay Honors College.

This website is designed to provide candidates and members of The Graduate Center community with information about the search process. Please check back for news and updates.


Presidential Search Committee 

The Graduate Center Presidential Search Committee members are: 

  • Honorable Jill O'Donnell-Tormey, Committee Chair, Member, CUNY Board of Trustees
  • Honorable Michael Arvanites, Member, CUNY Board of Trustees
  • Honorable Henry Berger, Member, CUNY Board of Trustees
  • Michelle Anderson, Esq., President, Brooklyn College
  • Peter H. Darrow, Chair, The Graduate Center Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Herman Bennett, Professor, History and Humanities/The Graduate Center
  • Jeff Maskovsky, Professor, Anthropology/The Graduate Center
  • Brian Gibney, Associate Professor, Chemistry/The Graduate Center
  • Ofelia GarcĂ­a, Professor Emerita, Urban Education and Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures/ The Graduate Center
  • Roderick Hurley, Student Representative, The Graduate Center
  • Raj Korpan, Student Representative, The Graduate Center
  • Alison Parks, Student Representative, The Graduate Center (through 5/31/19)
  • Maite Junco, Vice Chancellor for Communications & Marketing / CUNY 

The search firm assisting the committee in conducting the search and establishing the criteria for candidates is Isaacson, Miller.


Key Contact

Kimberly McBryan (kmcbryan@gc.cuny.edu) in The Graduate Center’s Office of the President is the search liaison.