History of the Board

Founded in 1847, the forerunner of today’s City University of New York was governed by the Board of Education of New York City. Members of the Board of Education, chaired by the President of the board, served as ex-officio trustees. For the next four decades, the board members continued to serve as ex-officio trustees of the College of the City of New York and the city’s other municipal college, the Normal College of the City of New York.

In 1900, the New York State Legislature created separate boards of trustees for the College of the City of New York and the Normal College, which became Hunter College in 1914. In 1926, the Legislature established the Board of Higher Education of the City of New York, which assumed supervision of both municipal colleges.

In 1961, the New York State Legislature established the City University of New York, uniting what had become seven municipal colleges at the time: The City College of New York, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Staten Island Community College, Bronx Community College and Queensborough Community College. In 1979, the CUNY Financing and Governance Act was adopted by the State and the Board of Higher Education officially became The City University of New York Board of Trustees.


Chairs of the Board

1847

1848

1850

1855

1856

1858

1859

1860

1864

1868

1870

1873

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1876

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1886

1890

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1911

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Townsend Harris

Robert Kelly

Erastus C. Benedict

William H. Neilson

Andrew H. Green

William H. Neilson

Richard Warren

William E. Curtis

James M. McLean

Richard L. Larremore

Bernard Smyth

Josiah G. Holland

William H. Neilson

William Wood

Stephen A. Walker

J. Edward Simmons

John L.N. Hunt

Adolph Sanger

Charles H. Knox

Robert Maclay

Charles Bulkley Hubbell

J. Edward Swanstrom
Joseph J. Little

Miles M. O’Brien

Edward Lauterback
Charles C. Burlingham

Henry A. Rogers

Edward M. Shepard

Henry N. Tifft

Egerton L. Winthrop, Jr.

Theodore F. Miller

Frederick P. Bellamy
Thomas Winston Churchill

Charles Edward Lydecker

Paul Fuller

George McAneny
Edward J. McGuire

William G. Willcox

Thomas Winston Churchill

Edward Swann
Edward C. McParlan

Harry P. Swift

Moses J. Strook

Charles H. Tuttle

Mark Eisner

Ordway Tead

Joseph Cavallaro

Gustave G. Rosenberg

Porter R. Chandler

Luis Quero-Chiesa

Alfred A. Giardino

Harold M. Jacobs

James Murphy

Ann Paolucci

Herman Badillo

Benno Schmidt