Baruch College Hosts 22nd Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

April 26, 2011 | Baruch College

Baruch College will welcome friends, colleagues, alumni and students to its 22nd annual Bernard Baruch Dinner on Wednesday, April 27, at Gotham Hall. Baruch College, a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, is ranked in the top 15% of U.S. colleges by The Princeton Review and ranked 25 in overall regional universities by U.S. News & World Report.  The College is also regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse in the country.

This year for the first time, Baruch is honoring a distinguished faculty member along with a prominent former alumnus.  Professor Terrence Martell, the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, will receive Baruch College’s first Distinguished Faculty Award and Howard Smith, a director and vice chairman for finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and a director of the Starr International Company, Inc., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“Our honorees embody the characteristics that we seek to instill in today’s students: academic excellence; a commitment to hard work with the potential for great personal and career success; and a willingness to give back to one’s community,” said Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein.

As the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, Dr. Terrence F. Martell oversees a myriad of international programs and projects. He teaches and conducts research in his area of expertise, international commodity markets. He is chair of the Baruch Faculty Senate and vice chair of the University Faculty Senate. He serves on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committees on Fiscal Affairs, Investments and Audits and is a director, and serves on the audit committee, of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is listed on the NYSE. He is also Vice Chair of ICE Futures U.S., the domestic regulated futures exchange of ICE. Dr. Martell serves as a board member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber. He received his BA in Economics from Iona College and his PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Howard Smith is a director and vice chairman, finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and a director of Starr International Company, Inc. He was previously a director, vice chairman, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of American International Group, Inc. through March, 2005 where he was responsible for AIG’s Treasury, Investor Relations, Credit & Market Risk Management functions, in addition to the Comptroller’s Department. Prior to joining AIG, he spent 19 years with Coopers & Lybrand and was the partner in charge of the firm’s New York office insurance practice. Smith earned his BBA in accounting from Baruch College in 1965 and was one of the North American representatives on the Insurance Working Group of the International Accounting Standards Board. He is the chairman of the advisory council of the Weissman Center for International Business of Baruch College and previously was a Trustee at Hofstra University.

For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. Through its three schools—the School of Public Affairs; the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the Zicklin School of Business, the largest AACSB-accredited business school in the nation—Baruch College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees that reflect the college’s foundation in the liberal arts and its strong focus on management and public affairs. Baruch College dates back more than 160 years to the founding in 1847 of the Free Academy, the first free public college in the nation. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.

Contact:   Ed Pachetti,

Baruch College

646-660-6135

Ed.Pachetti@baruch.cuny.edu