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A CUNY Trustees’ Index

Number of appointed CUNY trustee positions ................................... 15

Number of current appointed trustees who have a PhD ....................... 0

Number who have made their living by working at a university ............. 2

Number who have published an article
on higher education policy
in a peer-reviewed journal .............................................................. 1

Number who have made campaign donations
to the governor or mayor who appointed them ................................... 7

Length of time since a labor leader
last served on the CUNY Board of Trustees ............................... 25 years

In the past 25 years, number of trustees
who have been corporate executives ............................................. 24

Proportion of current appointed trustees
who have been corporate executives ............................................. 53%

Proportion of current appointed trustees
who have been corporate lawyers ................................................. 27%


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Above figures include all CUNY trustees appointed by a governor or mayor. Heads of the University Student Senate (USS) and University Faculty Senate (UFS) who serve ex officio (the latter without a vote) are not included.

Sources include Bingham.com, Businessweek.com, CUNY.edu, Google Scholar, International Journal of Higher Education Leadership and Management, JSTOR, MacAndrewsandForbes.com, NYS Board of Elections, OpenSecrets.org, PittaBishop.com, among others.


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