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I work for Rubenstein Communications and I propose the following additions on behalf of James B. Milliken. To mitigate conflict of interest issues, I ask that an editor review these additions and take them live, as they see fit.NinaSpezz (talk) 18:08, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

My edit request has gone unanswered for almost 5 weeks. I know "there is no deadline." However, was hoping one of the previous editors on this page (Pvmoutside, MarnetteD, 1ForTheMoney, Eastlaw) might be interested in taking a look and giving feedback? Thanks in advance. NinaSpezz (talk) 15:14, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

NinaSpezz it is a mistake to think that those who have made an edit to the article have it on their watchlist. In my case I made a clerical edit over three years ago. Since WIkiP has been around for over a decade there are 100s of 1000s of articles that are not on the watchlists of any active editors. Your best bet is to post a link to this thread at any of the wikiprojects listed above - the one with the most eyes on it is the Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard. MarnetteD|Talk 15:34, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
MarnetteD Thank you. Appreciate the tip and your speedy reply. NinaSpezz (talk) 15:36, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
I don't watchlist the article but I see nothing in the article to cause concern with conflict of interest. I'm ok with you updating the article for James Milliken.....Pvmoutside (talk) 16:15, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
Pvmoutside Thank you for your insight. I've updated the article. Do you think it would be appropriate for me to now remove the stub classification? NinaSpezz (talk) 19:58, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
sure, looks like a start to me....Pvmoutside (talk) 20:04, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
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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 the chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban university system. Milliken served from 2004 to 2014 as president of the University of Nebraska and professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law and in the School of Public Affairs.[1] He previously served as senior vice president for the 16-campus University of North Carolina, where he worked from 1998 to 2004. Prior to joining University of North Carolina, Milliken was the vice president of the division of external affairs of the University of Nebraska.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Milliken was raised in Fremont, Nebraska and 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 later as an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.[5]

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

In 1998, Milliken was hired by then University of North Carolina president Molly Corbett Broad to head a division responsible for university-wide strategy, institutional research, state and federal relations, public affairs and economic development.[8] In 2000, he helped lead the effort to pass a statewide referendum for a $3.1 billion bond issue[4] for construction and repair of university and community college buildings. The referendum was the largest bond issue ever for higher education in the United States.[9]

In Nebraska, Milliken focused on expanding access, launching CollegeBound Nebraska, which promised free tuition to all Nebraska Pell Grant recipients, and University of Nebraska Online Worldwide.[2] He led a $1.8 billion capital campaign,[10][11] 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 led the creation of the Nebraska Innovation Campus, a public-private R&D campus associated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.[12] He co-chaired with the Governor and state public schools commissioner the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, focusing on student success, college going and elimination of the achievement gap.[13] Milliken significantly expanded the University's global reach, establishing new programs in China, India, Brazil and Turkey.[4]

Milliken is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,[14] the Business Higher Education Forum,[15] and is a member of the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness.[16] He formerly served on the board of directors 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 who earned a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1986. They married in 1989[3] and 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. ^ Dunker, Chris (April 27, 2014). "Milliken's tenure a fusion of NU's growth, public's confidence". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  9. ^ Jenkins, Nate (April 29, 2004). "Milliken has experience, roots in state". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  10. ^ Lee, Melissa (October 28, 2014). "Campaign for Nebraska tops $1.8 billion". University pf Nebraska Medical Center. 
  11. ^ Feiden, Douglas (June 8, 2014). "New CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken Faces Stricter Gift Restrictions". The Wall Street Journal. 
  12. ^ Messina, Judith. "People to Watch in Higher Education". 
  13. ^ Ginn, Jennifer. "P-16 initiatives, other state-led partnerships hold key to higher-ed reform, MLC panelists say". 
  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".