University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken announced Wednesday that he will be leaving the university to take over as the chancellor of the City University of New York.
The CUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved Milliken's appointment at a special meeting on Wednesday. He will take over the role no later than June 1.
CUNY is the third-largest university system in the United States, with 24 campuses across New York City and 270,000 degree-credit students.
Milliken, a Fremont native, began his career at the University of Nebraska as an assistant to the president in 1988. He later became a vice president of external affairs before leaving in 1998 for a similar role at the University of North Carolina.
He became NU's president in 2004. Milliken was the first Nebraskan and the first University of Nebraska graduate to become president of the university.
"As a native Nebraskan, serving as president of the University of Nebraska has been one of the greatest privileges of my career," Milliken said. "I am incredibly proud of what's happening here – which is a testament to the quality of our outstanding faculty, students and the leadership of many."
He went on to say that though his leaving is difficult, he is "honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chancellor of CUNY, a university that plays such a vital role for the nation's largest city and the entire country."
Tim Clare, chairman of the NU Board of Regents, says a nationwide search will begin to find the next NU president. The board will appoint an advisory committee to assist the board in their search.
In the meantime, Clare said an interim president will likely be chosen at a later date.