Job Posting


The Graduate Center, part of The City University of New York (CUNY), seeks a creative, visionary and collaborative leader to serve as its next President. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a public facing institution that is uniquely committed to graduate education and advanced research.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has for nearly six decades served as the doctoral degree granting institution in the largest urban university system in the United States. Located in the heart of Manhattan, The Graduate Center is widely recognized for its highly ranked programs, world-class faculty, innovative research, affordability, and devotion to the public good. Approximately 3,600 students from around the world study at The Graduate Center, pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 40 programs.

The new President will join The Graduate Center at a moment of tremendous possibility. The incoming President will have the opportunity to shape the scope of public graduate education in profound, life-changing ways. Moreover, given The Graduate Center’s central position within the CUNY system, an imaginative President has the potential to combine its constitutive parts into a truly compelling and cohesive project that will leave an indelible mark on the entire system for generations to come.

The Graduate Center will require a leader who embraces the institution’s unique mission, can communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituents, and believes in the transformative power of public facing, high impact research and scholarship. Reporting to the Chancellor of the CUNY system, the President will work tirelessly to set the strategic course for the institution’s future, prioritizing student success, financial stability, and academic innovation while establishing highly productive internal and external relationships at The Graduate Center, across the CUNY system, and beyond.

A search committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Sheryl Ash, Partner
David Ferguson, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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