President James L. Muyskens


James Muyskens was appointed Queens College's ninth president in July 2002. During his tenure, Dr. Muyskens has added a number of new programs, including business administration, neuroscience, graphic design, Chinese, and bioinformatics.

 Over the years at Queens College, Dr. Muyskens has guided the recruitment of hundreds of new faculty, overseen the completion of the renovation of Powdermaker Hall (the college's primary classroom facility) as well as the $30 million addition to Remsen Hall that now houses new chemistry laboratories. In fall 2009, he welcomed students to The Summit, the college’s first-ever residence hall. Dr. Muyskens recently oversaw the college's ambitious new strategic planning initiative, which established goals for the college to achieve during the next twenty years.

Dr. Muyskens' extensive administrative experience includes serving as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the 34-campus University System of Georgia. He also spent seven years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

His appointment to Queens College marked Dr. Muyskens' return to the City University of New York. He began his career at Hunter College as an assistant professor of philosophy and moved through the ranks to full professor. He also served Hunter as chair of its Department of Philosophy and as Associate Provost and Acting Provost.

A graduate of Central College in Iowa, James Muyskens earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. His publications include two books, The Sufficiency of Hope and Moral Problems in Nursing: A Philosophical Investigation, as well as numerous articles concerning the philosophy of religion and ethics.

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