James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken is President Emeritus of the University of Nebraska. He recently stepped down after a highly successful decade as NU president (2004-2014) to become chancellor of the City University of New York, the nation’s premier urban public university. During his tenure at the University of Nebraska, he held faculty appointments in the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He previously served as senior vice president of the University of North Carolina and as vice president for external affairs and corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska
Milliken is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska and a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He practiced law on Wall Street before joining the University of Nebraska in 1988. He has also worked in Washington as a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Virginia Smith.
Milliken serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education and was a member of the ACE Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement. He served on the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and is the past chair of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. Milliken also co-chaired the Council on Competitiveness’ Regional Innovation Initiative Leadership Steering Committee.
Milliken serves on the boards of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce, BioNebraska, the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition, and The Nebraska Medical Center. He is a co-chair of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, a member of the Strategic Command Consultation Committee and the Business Higher Education Forum, and a board member for the Nebraska Military Support Coalition. Milliken and his wife, Nana Smith, live in New York City and are the parents of three children.