James B. Milliken, a lawyer and prominent leader in higher education, assumed the role as seventh chancellor of the City University of New York in 2014. Prior to this appointment, Milliken served as president of the University of Nebraska since 2004, where he was instrumental in the development of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and continues to chair its board of directors. Milliken was also senior vice president for the 16-campus University of North Carolina.
He holds a faculty appointment in the CUNY School of Law and is former faculty member of the College of Law at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He chairs the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity, and is a member of the board of directors of APLU and the American Council on Education. Milliken is a founding member of the board of directors of Bio Nebraska and serves on the U.S. Strategic Command Consultation Committee and the Business Higher Education Forum. He also co-chaired the Council on Competitiveness’ Regional Innovation Initiative Leadership Steering Committee.
Milliken is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska. He earned his law degree from New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He practiced law on Wall Street before joining the University of Nebraska in 1988 to serve as vice president and corporation secretary. Earlier, he worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Virginia Smith.