April 24, 2007—Baruch College president Kathleen Waldron was among five women honored by the League of Women Voters of the City of New York at their annual award luncheon. The honorees were recognized for having made a significant difference in their chosen fields.
“These outstanding women have added to the economy, the spirit and the quality of life in our great city and they serve as an inspiration for all who want to make it here,” said Toni Coffee, co-president of the League.
The other four women of distinction were:
Dr. Kathleen Foley of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Department of Neurology, Pain, and Palliative Care Service
Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and Sanctuary for Families
Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New York Historical Society
Alair Townsend, Columnist and former publisher of Crain’s New York Business.
The award luncheon took place at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel and was presented by Fox5 News anchor Rosanna Scotto and chaired by Lew Leone, vice president and general manager of Fox Television Stations.
“I became the first fully appointed woman president of Baruch College on August 2, 2004 and it remains the proudest day of my life. But I did not realize what it meant to the women of the faculty and staff of the college until I stepped onto campus and received numerous power salutes in the hallways from women I did not know,” President Waldron said addressing the crowd.
Former Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University and former President of Citibank International, President Waldron received her doctorate in Latin American History from Indiana University in 1977 and a Certificate in Business from New York University in 1983. Before her banking career, she was an assistant professor at Bowdoin College in Maine and, from 1980 to 1981, a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
In closing, she remarked on the inspiration she draws from working with students at one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country.
“If you ever get discouraged by the horror of Virginia Tech, or the war in Iraq or the corruption uncovered daily in government and industry, then I invite you to volunteer to work with young college students. You will recover your optimism and you will meet some fascinating people from all parts of the world who join this democracy to improve their chances in life.”
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