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Matthew Goldstein is a past Chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY). He was appointed Chancellor on September 1, 1999, and is the first City University graduate to head the University, having received his undergraduate degree from City College. Previously, he had been president of Baruch College (1991-1998), Adelphi University, and The Research Foundation of The City University of New York. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and in 2006 became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is widely credited for leading the revitalization of the CUNY system, including raising admission and testing standards and implementing University-wide administrative reforms, increasing full-time faculty hires by over 1200 since 1999, creating the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and The CUNY School of Professional Studies. He conceived and implemented CUNY's first capital fundraising campaign which raised over $1.4 billion and recently announced a new phase aimed at raising a total of $3 billion in philanthropic contributions. On April 12, 2013, he announced his plans for retirement, effective in the early summer.
Dr. Goldstein initiated plans for a new community college, The CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and a CUNY School of Pharmacy, to be located at York College. He proclaimed a "Decade of Science at CUNY, leading to new capital funding for a $1 billion CUNY Advanced Science Research Center at City College, new science facilities at CUNY campuses in each of the five boroughs of New York City, and the recruitment and retention of distinguished scientists from throughout the nation and the world. During his tenure, CUNY student performance on the State's Teacher Certification exams rose sharply to over a 98% pass rate.