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Baruch Alumnus Gives Transformational Gift to Name the School of Public and International Affairs



Austin W. Marxe (BBA '65 - Accounting) has given Baruch College a $30 million gift to endow and name the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA). Mr. Marxe's philanthropy is the largest single gift ever to Baruch College, and it ties for the second largest contribution in the history of The City University of New York (CUNY). The CUNY Board of Trustees approved this name change on Monday, September 26, at its regular meeting. Baruch is now the only college in the CUNY system to have all its schools named and endowed. MSPIA joins the Zicklin School of Business and the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences in this distinction.

President's Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff

A gift of this magnitude will have a major impact on the School's visibility, prestige, programming—and most of all, the students and faculty of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

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Media Coverage


Wall Street Journal

"My thought process was that if we can graduate more students who are really qualified for governmental agencies and charities, then over a period of time we can have a real impact on the world," Mr. Marxe said in an interview.

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NY Daily News: Local boy makes good: Austin Marxe helps Baruch College, his alma mater, open up opportunies for all

NPR - Morning Edition: Baruch College Getting $30 Million Gift

DNAinfo.com: Baruch College Gets $30M Gift from Investment Banker Alumnus

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Gifts Roundup

MarketWatch: Banker Austin Marxe donates $30 million to CUNY's Baruch College

CNBC: Baruch College Receives $30 Million Gift from Austin W. Marxe for School of Public and International Affairs

Video Segments on our Gift


Meet Our Benefactor

Austin W. Marxe (BBA '65), President, AWM Investment Company

A New Era for MSPIA

President Wallerstein and Dean Birdsell


More Internships and Study Abroad for Students

Daniel Muniz ('18) MPA, Public Management and Nara Sainthil ('18) MPA, Public Administration

Expanded Global Reach and Research for Faculty

Dr. John Casey, Associate Professor and Dr. Anna D'Souza, Associate Professor