City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced today that Richard F. Rothbard has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the CUNY Research Foundation. He replaces Nina Peyser, who resigned to accept a high-level appointment at a health care institution in New Jersey.
“Richard Rothbard brings to this important position twenty five years of senior administrative and financial experience — including exemplary service as Vice Chancellor for Budget, Finance, and Information Services — and a strong commitment to the educational mission of public higher education. The Research Foundation, which oversees more than $215 million in research and contract activities for the University annually, will be well-served by his leadership,” Chancellor Goldstein said.
Most recently, Mr. Rothbard served as Chief Financial Officer of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. He is a graduate of Queens College and holds an MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Mr. Rothbard resides in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., with his wife and two children.
The Research Foundation, formerly located in Fiterman Hall at 50 West Broadway, lost its offices when debris from 7 World Trade Center collapsed on the building. New offices were immediately located at 555 West 57th in Manhattan and are operational.
A national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement.
“The Research Foundation staff is continuing to conduct business with extraordinary dedication. A smooth transition will help maintain and further strengthen the many vital functions provided,” Chancellor Goldstein said.
The Research Foundation of The City University of New York administers grants and contracts awarded to CUNY faculty and staff for research, training, education and services from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as from private sources.
It also initiates, develops and coordinates large scale multi-campus grant initiatives, which has led to nearly $45 million in multi-year funding over the last five years. Among its many other services, it oversees intellectual property on behalf of the University and insures compliance with all government funding agency and University regulations pertaining to sponsored programs.