I am honored to join this exceptional community as interim president.
This is a homecoming for me, and I am delighted to be back in New York and to return to The Graduate Center, where I taught philosophy when I first came to CUNY and where I returned after my years as president of Queens College.
I have had the good fortune to spend my career in public higher education, much of it at CUNY. I know well the level of intellectual excellence and scholarly and public commitment that characterize education here. The innovative research throughout our graduate programs, at the Advanced Science Research Center
, and within our more than 30 centers and institutes
— strengthens the university and makes real differences in our society.
At the same time, we are all familiar with the challenges across the country to public higher education. I am confident that, working together, we will continue important initiatives; present insightful public programming; and foster the research, teaching, and learning for which The Graduate Center is renowned.
Look at all the great things going on here. Let us all make sure that our important work continues and thrives.
James L. Muyskens