Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron was honored for her leadership achievements by the National Urban Fellows (NUF) at a gala event on June 30.
President Waldron, who has led the College since 2004, received one of the “Leadership Champions” award along with Baruch alumni Michelle DePass (MPA ’98), who is the new assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, and New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (MPA ’95). The recipients were honored for achieving “outstanding success in their fields, while leading the way toward social justice and equity.”
The NUF is a leadership development organization created to put more people of color and women in leadership positions. It is comprised of an academic program aimed at multiethnic, multicultural mid-career individuals who have the potential to effect positive change in the public and non-profit sector. Since 1983, Baruch’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) has served as the academic host for NUF. Through SPA, students earn an MPA after completing a 14-month fulltime program that includes a 9-month mentorship.
Njemile Davis, NUF’s Director of Development, said, “President Waldron embodies the importance of NUF’s work and NUF’s role in preparing leaders for tomorrow.” She added that President Waldron not only represents a champion in the academic field because of her leadership position at Baruch, but also as a champion of NUF, since it is housed at the College.
Other individuals honored at the event were Luis Miranda, a managing partner of the MirRam Group, N.Y. State Sen. Malcolm Smith, and Keith Wyche, president of Pitney Bowes’s U.S. operations.
More than 1,000 professionals have graduated since the NUF was founded four decades ago.