James Milliken

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James B. Milliken
Chancellor of the City University of New York
Assumed office
June 1, 2014
Preceded by Matthew Goldstein
President of the University of Nebraska
In office
Preceded by L. Dennis Smith
Succeeded by Hank M. Bounds
Personal details
Born Nebraska
Spouse(s) Nana Smith
Alma mater University of Nebraska-Lincoln
New York University School of Law
Profession Academic administrator, professor, attorney
Website Chancellor James B. Milliken

James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken is chancellor of the City University of New York - the nation's largest urban university system. Prior, Milliken served as president of the University of Nebraska from 2004 to 2014, where he was also a professor at the School of Public Affairs and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law. [1] Milliken previously served as senior vice president of the University of North Carolina's 16-campus system, from 1998 to 2004. Before joining the University of North Carolina, Milliken was vice president of the division of external affairs of University of Nebraska. [2]

Early life and education[edit]

Milliken was raised in Fremont, Nebraska. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979. He earned a law degree in 1983 from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. [3]While at New York University School of Law, Milliken served as research assistant to Professor Norman Dorsen, then president of the American Civil Liberties Union.[4]


Following law school, Milliken worked for the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division in New York City, and afterwards an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.[5]

Milliken returned to Nebraska in 1988 as executive assistant to the president of the University of Nebraska, [6] followed by the position of Secretary to the Board of Regents and Vice President for External Affairs. [7]

In Nebraska, Milliken worked to expanding access, launching CollegeBound Nebraska, which provided free tuition to Nebraska Pell Grant recipients, University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, and Nebraska Innovation Campus, a public-private affiliation to with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. [8] [2] and he led a $1.8 billion dollar capital campaign. [9][10] funding new institutes he created for early childhood (Buffett Early Childhood Institute), global food and water sustainability (Daugherty Water for Food Institute) and rural sustainability (Rural Futures Institute).[2] Milliken also assisted the Nebraska P-16 Initiative to improve primary education, increase student success and college preparation, and close the achievement gap. [11] Milliken significantly expanded the University's global reach, establishing new programs in China, India, Brazil and Turkey.[4]

In 1998, Milliken was appointed by then-president of the University of North Carolina Molly Corbett Broad to head a division responsible for university-wide strategy, institutional research, state and federal relations, public affairs, and economic development.[12] In 2000, he helped lead the effort to pass a statewide referendum for a $3.1 billion bond issue [4] to construction and repair university and community college buildings. The historic referendum was the largest bond issue to date for higher education capital improvements in the United States. [13]

Not-for-profit affiliations[edit]

Milliken is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, [14] Business Higher Education Forum, [15] and on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness. [16] He formerly served as a director on the board of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). [17]

Personal life[edit]

Milliken is married to Nana Graves Hilliard Smith, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, and J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1986. Milliken and Smith married in 1989. [3] They have three children. [18]


  1. ^ Who's Who in the Midwest, 38th, 39th Editions; Who's Who in America, 66th, 67th, 68th Editions
  2. ^ a b c Perry, Kate Howard (January 15, 2014). "Leaving NU: J.B. Milliken praised as he looks toward future with CUNY system". Omaha World-Herald. 
  3. ^ a b "Nana Smith Wed To James Milliken". New York Times. January 22, 1989. 
  4. ^ a b c Baker, Al (January 15, 2014). "CUNY Picks James Milliken as New Chancellor". New York Times. 
  5. ^ "James Milliken '83 tapped as new chancellor of City University of New York". NYU Law. January 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dunker, Chris (January 16, 2014). "Milliken: Right time to make a change". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  7. ^ Bryant, Kimberly (June 8, 2004). "Milliken named University of Nebraska president". The Gateway. 
  8. ^ Messina, Judith. "People to Watch in Higher Education". 
  9. ^ Lee, Melissa (October 28, 2014). "Campaign for Nebraska tops $1.8 billion". University pf Nebraska Medical Center. 
  10. ^ Feiden, Douglas (June 8, 2014). "New CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken Faces Stricter Gift Restrictions". The Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ Ginn, Jennifer. "P-16 initiatives, other state-led partnerships hold key to higher-ed reform, MLC panelists say". 
  12. ^ Dunker, Chris (April 27, 2014). "Milliken's tenure a fusion of NU's growth, public's confidence". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  13. ^ Jenkins, Nate (April 29, 2004). "Milliken has experience, roots in state". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  14. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations Membership Roster". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "BHEF Members". Business Higher Education Forum. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Council on Competitiveness Board". The Council on Competitiveness. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ Lee, Melissa (August 9, 2009). "Send e-mail, earn degree: NU hopes to catch up in race for online students". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Jenna (August 19, 2004). "Milliken returns to his roots in Nebraska". 

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