Chancellor's Statement

Statement by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein on the Passing of Vice Chancellor Ernesto Malave

“The entire community of The City University of New York deeply mourns the passing of our beloved Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance Ernesto Malave. He was an extraordinarily gifted colleague and friend, devoted to his family and to his University in every conceivable way. For over a quarter of a century, CUNY and all of its constituent colleges benefited enormously from his creativity and dedication, and his deep and abiding passion to advance the very best educational interests of our student body.

Rising from the ranks of CUNY students as a student leader, he proceeded to grow in leaps and bounds on a professional and personal level within the CUNY system. He first worked on behalf of student admissions, then in city governmental relations, and subsequently he settled into twenty years of distinguished service in budget and finance. I designated Ernesto Interim Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance in 2002 and as a full Vice Chancellor in 2003. He was a trusted individual of exemplary integrity and ability, who refused to be distracted from managing the most complex University budget issues with the greatest of success. Ernesto was a joy to be with, at ease with giving major presentations on fiscal matters as well as speeches before student and faculty groups. He handled both with the unique perspective of someone who achieved success the old fashioned way–he earned it. He will be sorely missed. I extend our deepest and most profound condolences and sympathies for this great loss to his beloved family and friends.”