CUNY Trustees Name Prominent Educator Interim President of Baruch College

June 22, 1998 | The University

The City University of New York Board of Trustees has named distinguished educator, and scientist Dr. Lois S. Cronholm Interim President of Baruch College, effective June 15, 1998.

“Lois Cronholm brings to Baruch College more than thirty years of experience as an outstanding administrator, faculty member and scholar,” said Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich, who recommended her appointment.

Dr. Cronholm joined Baruch’s administration in 1992 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and was named Provost and Senior Vice President in 1995. She came from Temple University where she had been Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Science since 1985. Prior to joining Temple University, she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Louisville from 1979 to 1985.

A biologist, she has published widely in immunology, public health microbiology, diagnostic microbiology, and science education and has received many grants to support her research, including those from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Her most recent invited talks on higher education issues have included “Academic Program Quality–the Role of Program Assessment” before the American Council of Education’s 1998 annual meeting; and on “Improving Teaching, Learning and Accountability” before the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools last month.

Dr. Cronholm earned her B.A. and PhD. in Microbiology from the University of Louisville, where she also studied in the School of Law. She was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine before joining the faculty there in 1973.

She served as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in 1991 and was Chair of the Council’s Committee on International Education. She has also held many leadership positions in the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Among her other interests, Dr. Cronholm is on the Board of Directors of the Players Club of New York and is president of the Hampden-Booth Theater Library.

She succeeds President Matthew Goldstein who was appointed president of Adelphi University. The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a permanent president of Baruch College.

The City University of New York Board of Trustees has named distinguished educator, and scientist Dr. Lois S. Cronholm Interim President of Baruch College, effective June 15, 1998.

“Lois Cronholm brings to Baruch College more than thirty years of experience as an outstanding administrator, faculty member and scholar,” said Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich, who recommended her appointment.

Dr. Cronholm joined Baruch’s administration in 1992 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and was named Provost and Senior Vice President in 1995. She came from Temple University where she had been Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Science since 1985. Prior to joining Temple University, she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Louisville from 1979 to 1985.

A biologist, she has published widely in immunology, public health microbiology, diagnostic microbiology, and science education and has received many grants to support her research, including those from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Her most recent invited talks on higher education issues have included “Academic Program Quality–the Role of Program Assessment” before the American Council of Education’s 1998 annual meeting; and on “Improving Teaching, Learning and Accountability” before the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools last month.

Dr. Cronholm earned her B.A. and PhD. in Microbiology from the University of Louisville, where she also studied in the School of Law. She was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine before joining the faculty there in 1973.

She served as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in 1991 and was Chair of the Council’s Committee on International Education. She has also held many leadership positions in the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Among her other interests, Dr. Cronholm is on the Board of Directors of the Players Club of New York and is president of the Hampden-Booth Theater Library.

She succeeds President Matthew Goldstein who was appointed president of Adelphi University. The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a permanent president of Baruch College.

Located in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan, Baruch College enrolls more than 15,000 students in degree credit courses and more than 9,000 in adult and continuing education. Ranked among the nation’s most eminent business schools by leading business publications, Baruch is the only college in New York City with accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The college also includes the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs, all offering undergraduate and graduate programs.