Joshua C. Brumberg Named Interim President of the CUNY Graduate Center

September 12, 2023

Brumberg, currently dean for the sciences, will succeed President Robin L. Garrell.

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Joshua Brumberg

CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez announced today that Joshua C. Brumberg has been named interim president of the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently serving as dean for the sciences at the Graduate Center, Brumberg will assume his new role on Monday, October 2. He succeeds President Robin L. Garrell.

Read the chancellor’s announcement:

Dear Graduate Center Community,

I am pleased to share that Dr. Joshua C. Brumberg has been appointed as interim president of the CUNY Graduate Center beginning October 2, pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Dr. Brumberg, who has served as dean for the sciences at the Graduate Center since 2016 and twice previously as acting executive director of the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), is a familiar face to the University community.

As an active neurobiology researcher, he has been a member of the faculty of the Graduate Center and Queens College for more than two decades since his initial appointment as assistant professor of psychology, in 2002.

In his current role, Dr. Brumberg oversees research operations for the Graduate Center and the ASRC and 11 STEM doctoral programs and five M.S. programs, the latter created during his tenure. He has also secured essential external funding for diversity programs in the laboratory sciences and gender equity in mathematics, and has co-chaired subcommittees for strategic plan development and Middle States accreditation.

Dr. Brumberg is a longtime member of the CUNY family in more ways than one. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Professor Emeritus Stephan Brumberg, who served on the Graduate Center faculty and also held administrative positions at Brooklyn College and in CUNY’s Central Office.

During this transitional period, I want to extend my gratitude to the entire Graduate Center community for its commitment to uplifting New Yorkers.

We again thank President Robin L. Garrell for her three years of leadership at the Graduate Center, during which time she has helped add to its reputation as an innovator in graduate education and a magnet for cutting-edge public-impact research.

We will commence a national search for the Graduate Center’s next permanent leader and I will keep you apprised of the progress. In the meantime, CUNY’s administration remains committed to supporting you and your interim president in this time of transition.


Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D.