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Matthew Goldstein has served as chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY) since September 1999. He is the first CUNY graduate to lead the nation's most prominent urban public university, which comprises 24 colleges and professional schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Under Dr. Goldstein's leadership, CUNY is experiencing a widely lauded transformation. The University has raised academic standards, improved student performance, increased enrollment, built its faculty corps, created new colleges and schools, and expanded its research capacity.
Dr. Goldstein has served in senior academic and administrative positions for more than 30 years, including president of Baruch College, president of the Research Foundation, and acting vice chancellor for academic affairs of CUNY. Prior to being named chancellor, he was president of Adelphi University. He has held faculty positions at several colleges and universities and has written extensively in mathematics and statistics.
Currently, Dr. Goldstein is chair of the Board of Trustees of the JP Morgan Funds and a member of the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as a director of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, ex officio. By appointment of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, he is chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and a member of the New NY Education Reform Commission. He previously served as chair of the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission at the appointment of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Dr. Goldstein is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Among his honors are the 2011 Association for a Better New York "Spirit of ABNY" Award, the 2007 Carnegie Corporation of New York's Academic Leadership Award, the 2005 John H. Finley Award, the 2005 Medal of Honor "Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class," the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2000 Townsend Harris Medal.
Dr. Goldstein earned his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in mathematical statistics, and a bachelor's degree with high honors in statistics and mathematics from The City College of The City University of New York.