Class of 2001...
The long and extensive search for the College's 11th president, led by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and Dolly Martinez, came to a conclusion with the appointment of Dr. Gregory H. Williams, an accomplished educator and author.
The appointment of Dr. Williams heralded the beginning of a great many changes in campus life. Among many academic policy changes was the "CUNY Masterplan." This required prospective students to pass all of CUNY's entrance exams before being admitted to the College' open admissions and remedial classes were no longer. The University Scholars Program (later renamed The Macaulay Honors College), also came into existence. Eligible students in this program were awarded free tuition, a cultural passport to many of NYC's cultural institutions either for free or sharply-reduced prices, a personal computer, and an academic expense account for academic-related activities.
Additionally, The Finley Student Center also opened a fitness center, which provided various services, including a physician on campus, psychological counseling, daycare services, and extended hours.