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March 3, 2008


Rangel Center to Promote Greater Diversity in Public Service

NEW YORK, March 3, 2008 – The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees has approved the naming of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at The City College of New York (CCNY). The Board acted at its February 25 meeting.

Named for U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, whose congressional district includes The City College, the Center’s mission is to become a national center for the promotion of greater diversity in public service. 

“This is a timely and significant resource that is an invaluable addition to CCNY, the Harlem community and the nation as a whole,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College.

“Congressman Rangel has been an extraordinary public servant – both to his constituents and to the United States – his entire adult life. He is a wonderful role model for our students.  The Center honors his work on behalf of all Americans, and preserves and extends his legacy.”

About The Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at CCNY

The Charles B. Rangel Center will be housed in a restored brownstone adjacent to CCNY’s main campus. The facility will include the C.V. Starr Library, a conference center, and offices for visiting scholars. 

The C.V. Starr Library will consist of documents, archives and memorabilia from Congressman Rangel’s lifetime of public service. It will serve as a locus of sponsored research and conferences concerning barriers to full participation in public service by underserved minorities.

The Rangel Center will organize conferences and seminars to promote recruitment and encouragement of students, particularly from underserved and under-represented populations, to pursue education programs that will prepare them for careers as leaders in government and public service. It will sponsor internship opportunities for students, mentoring by professionals and talks by visiting scholars and outstanding persons who serve, or have served, in the public sector.

Private donations from foundations, corporations and individuals provide the primary support for The Rangel Center. Donors include the Ford, Kheel, Starr, Rhodebeck and Verizon Foundations, the New York Community Trust, Nabors Industries, Eugene M. Isenberg, David Rockefeller, and Josh and Judy Weston.  

In addition, the federal government has allocated $1.95 million toward the center and it has received a grant from the New York City Council, as well. To date, $10,715,000 has been raised toward a goal of $30 million to renovate the building and support the programs.

About U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Congressman Charles B. Rangel is serving his 19th term as the Representative from New York’s 15th Congressional District, comprising East and Central Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights/Inwood.  He is Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Chairman of the Board of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation. In a distinguished career spanning more than four decades, Congressman Rangel has always held the belief that America’s “governing class” – those men and women who make our laws and policies – must mirror this country’s rich tapestry of cultures, faiths, and ethnicities.  Congressman Rangel was the principal author of the $5 billion Federal Empowerment Zone demonstration project to revitalize urban neighborhoods throughout the United States.  

He served in the U.S. Army from 1948-52, during which time he fought in Korea and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  A graduate of New York University and St. John's University School of Law, he serves as a role model for young people of all backgrounds who want to achieve greatness in public service.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit