President's Biography

James L. Muyskens

James L. Muyskens


Interim President
The Graduate Center
City University of New York

James L. Muyskens became interim president of The Graduate Center in July 2019. He is a distinguished educational leader with a commitment to public higher education as both a teacher and administrator. This marks his return to The Graduate Center, where he taught philosophy at the start of his career and later served as a University Professor following his presidency at Queens College.

During Muyskens’ 12-year tenure at Queens, he was recognized for revising the college’s undergraduate general education curriculum and for enhancing the school’s stature and reputation as one of the nation’s top-value colleges educating students of diverse backgrounds and financial means.

Muyskens spent 16 years at Hunter College, where he taught philosophy and chaired the philosophy department, and served as associate provost and acting provost. Beyond CUNY, he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas for seven years before becoming senior vice chancellor for academic affairs of the 34-campus University System of Georgia.

Muyskens was raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of Central College in Iowa. He earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan.

A philosopher with interests in bioethics and the philosophy of religion, he is the author of Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation and The Sufficiency of Hope: The Conceptual Foundations of Religion.