New York Govenor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Barry Schwartz ’70, Kenyon’s current board chairman, to the CUNY (pron. “kyu-nee”) Board of Trustees, according to a Capital New York report. Schwartz, who is also on Georgetown University’s Board of Visitors, gave $25,000 to Cuomo’s re-election campaign last April, according to a campaign financial disclosure. CUNY, which stands for the City University of New York, is the third-largest university system in the United States with about 540,000 students in aggregate. Said Cuomo in a statement:
“I am pleased to appoint Borough President James Molinaro and Mr. Barry Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees, who will bring invaluable experience from both the public and private sectors to the University. I thank them for their leadership as CUNY continues to serve the students of New York City with the highest standards.”
CUNY’s board currently has 18 trustees, each of whom serve seven-year terms. Schwartz will replace Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, who was first appointed by then-govenor George Pataki in 1999. Before taking his seat, Schwartz will need to be confirmed by the New York State Senate.