By GERSON BORRERO
It appears that the next chancellor of the City University of New York is likely to be one of two current leaders at distinguished universities in Queens—LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellows or Queens College President Felix Matos Rodríguez.
Sources tell the Queens Tribune that the two are now the finalists after New York Public Library President and CEO Tony Marx withdrew his name from consideration for the top job at CUNY.
Marx’s withdrawal was unexpected, but a source close to the process said that “the search will continue,” adding that the committee was “going to continue to interview” the other finalists. The source also said that some additional candidates will be interviewed, but are not viewed as favorably by the committee as Mellows and Rodríguez.
Another highly placed source confirmed the news.
The development of additional candidates to the process has raised concerns with a well-placed insider, who told the Tribune that “the search committee was supposed to present the finalists to the full [CUNY] Board [of Trustees] by the end of July. Why would the search be opened up again?”
Multiple sources could not confirm the reason for the delay in the process.
CUNY is the largest urban university system in the United States, with more than a quarter of a million students attending its 24 campuses.