Maxwell School Dean Mitchel B. Wallerstein Appointed President of Baruch College

March 11, 2010 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York on February 22  appointed Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University for the past seven years, as the President of Baruch College, home to the nation’s largest collegiate business school as well as prominent Schools of Arts and Sciences and Public Affairs. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recommended Dr. Wallerstein after a nationwide search.

The Maxwell School has been ranked for the past 15 years by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s leading graduate school of public affairs. It is the nation’s oldest school of public affairs and also serves as the social science division of Syracuse University, annually teaching approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 850 graduate students in eight disciplinary departments. Dr. Wallerstein thus oversees the social sciences at Syracuse University, and he also serves as a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.

In a joint statement, Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Goldstein stated: “Dean Mitchel Wallerstein brings to the University exceptional administrative, academic and governmental experience together with outstanding public service, scholarly accomplishment, a strong commitment to students, and a deep belief in the mission of Baruch College.”

Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Dr. Wallerstein said:  “I am deeply honored that Chancellor Goldstein and the CUNY Board of Trustees have offered me the opportunity to lead Baruch College, which has a storied tradition as one of the top level colleges of the CUNY system. While there are many challenges facing public higher education, especially in this difficult budgetary environment, I know that Baruch has an outstanding and dedicated faculty, staff and student body, and highly successful and loyal alumni.  I am looking forward to working with them to move the College forward in the coming years.”

Dr. Wallerstein, whose term will begin on Aug 2, 2010, succeeds Dr. Stan Altman, who has served as Interim President of Baruch College since 2009.  The search committee for a new president was chaired by CUNY Trustee Peter  S. Pantaleo and included trustee, faculty, student, alumni and presidential representatives.

Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Mitchel Wallerstein was Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations with assets in excess of $6 billion.  He directed the Foundation’s international grantmaking program, known as the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, from 1998-2003.  The MacArthur Foundation makes more than $85 million in grants each year throughout the world in the areas of international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, and issues related to globalization.

From 1993-1997 Dean Wallerstein was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy. He was nominated as the first Presidential appointee in this position and was responsible for the development and implementation of U.S. defense policy to counter the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery. In this capacity, he helped to found and subsequently co-chaired the Senior Defense Group on Proliferation at NATO. He also had direct management oversight of the Defense Technology Security Administration and represented the U.S. on export control matters as the Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy.

In 1995, he received a personal Letter of Commendation from President Bill Clinton for his “outstanding leadership in achieving the indefinite, unconditional extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” In 1997, Dr. Wallerstein was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and he received the Bronze Palm to that award in 1998.

Prior to his government service, Dean Wallerstein was the Deputy Executive Officer of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, a private, non-profit organization in Washington that is the research and operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.  The NRC advises the U.S. Government on policy matters involving science and technology. While at the NRC, Dr. Wallerstein directed a series of highly acclaimed studies on issues pertaining to science, technology and national security.

In addition to his time at Syracuse University, Dean Wallerstein’s academic career includes five years on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an earlier appointment in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He has also taught at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Immediately prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation in 1998, Dr. Wallerstein was a Distinguished Research Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Dean Wallerstein is the immediate past president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and he continues to serve on its board. He is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and in 2006 he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His most recent book, Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches, co-authored with William C. Banks and Renée de Nevers, discusses terrorist motivations and tactics, as well as approaches for dealing with the ever-changing terrorist challenge. His most recent article, entitled “Losing Controls: How U.S. Export Restrictions Jeopardize National Security and Harm Competitiveness,” appeared recently in the influential journal, Foreign Affairs. He is the author of numerous other books, articles, monographs and research studies.

A native New Yorker, Dean Wallerstein holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Political Science from M.I.T., a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Baruch College, located in the heart of Manhattan’s financial and cultural center, was established 91 years ago and is one of the most competitive senior colleges in the CUNY system. Baruch earned a 2010 gold badge from U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best colleges, and was ranked sixth among best master’s degree granting public colleges. In addition, Forbes named Baruch as one of the nation’s best colleges.

A thriving, urban, multicultural institution, Baruch is home to the Zicklin School of Business, the largest graduate and undergraduate business school in the nation accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; as well as the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Public Affairs. Each of the schools offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and CUNY’s Ph.D. programs in business and industrial/organizational psychology are housed at Baruch. The College’s highly ranked business program has a strong liberal arts foundation and has produced many of the nation’s top corporate business leaders.

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(Originally posted February 22, 2010)