Hunter College President Jennifer Raab Forced Out? Kicked Out? Told to Pack Her Bags?

Greggory W. Morris
6 min readDec 5, 2022

Hunter College President Jennifer Raab Several Minutes Ago Told the Hunter Community Via the Main College Listserve That She Is Resigning

It was only a few weeks ago that she announced the new appointments of her new higher ed administration cabinet of “Acting Administrators” — which usually is a sign of major problems.

Nevertheless, it appears that she was/is being forced out after years of controversy. Let’s not forget what Former Hunter College Acting Provost Valedea Dent said about racism and bigotry in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

But for now, below is what Rabb said on the main Hunter College Listserv know as Hunter-L.

It has been a privilege beyond measure to lead this exceptional institution for the past 22 years, in effect, through the entire 21st century. But the time has come to announce I will be leaving the presidency of our beloved Hunter College at the end of June 2023.

This decision is a bittersweet one, but it has been made easier by my complete confidence that Hunter is securely set to remain what the Princeton Review calls the crown jewel of CUNY.

Since 2001 — a period that coincides with the tenures of five governors and four mayors — we have accomplished so much together that it poses a challenge merely to list the many high points. Surely among them are the new schools and spaces we have built for our extraordinary students: the Silberman School of Social Work in a new East Harlem campus, and the creation of transformative new main campus spaces like the Leon and Toby Cooperman Library and the Larry and Klara Silverstein Student Success Center. We moved closer to our vision of making Hunter the public school of the arts by acquiring the Baker Theater Building on 67th Street and the Tribeca art studios and galleries. This physical growth came as we added MFAs in Film, Dance, and Theatre and burnished our storied Creative Writing, Art, and Music Master’s degrees.

Greggory W. Morris

Award Winning Assistant J-Professor, Hunter College/CUNY. Author, Writer. Blogs at Using to test-drive writing projects.