Friday, April 19, 2013

Next Mayor to Pick Chancellor? PSC Mayoral Forum April 23

Dear Colleague, 
I am pleased to invite you to a mayoral forum focused on higher education—probably the only forum on higher education during this stage of the mayoral race. The event is organized by the PSC, and will take place this Tuesday, April 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College: 2180 Third Avenue, at 119th Street. Reserve your space by replying here.

Candidates for mayor Bill de Blasio, Adolfo Carrión, John Liu, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson will be joined by journalist Tom Robbins as moderator. As an audience member, you will have an opportunity to propose questions for the candidates.

Chances are that one of the people who participates in this forum will be the next mayor of New York City. For the first time in many years, CUNY will have a new chancellor; the newly elected mayor will have a significant role in filling the post. What positions do the candidates take on the future direction of CUNY?  More centralization and Pathways? More restriction of academic freedom? MOOCs? Come and find out.

Come and hear, too, their positions on funding for and access to CUNY, and on retroactive raises for public workers—including ourselves. Space is limited; sign up now to attend.

One more reason—an important one—to be there on Tuesday evening is to show our strength.   The new mayor will not forget it if there is a packed house and an audience with an intense commitment to public higher education.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of an important discussion about the future of CUNY and the future of New York City: Tuesday, April 23, 7:00-9:00 PM at 2180 Third Avenue, (119th Street).
In solidarity,
Barbara Bowen
President, PSC

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