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Baruch College Hosts
25th Annual Baruch Dinner, April 22

Dr. Matthew Goldstein, CUNY Chancellor Emeritus
Dr. Lewis Friedman, Retired Baruch Professor

 MatthewGoldstein      LewisFriedman

Dr. Matthew Goldstein                     Dr. Lewis Freidman

NEW YORK, NY - March 7, 2014 - Friends, colleagues and alumni of Baruch College will pay tribute to Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus, The City University of New York and Dr. Lewis Friedman, Retired Faculty Member, Baruch College School of Public Affairs during the 25th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, Tuesday, April 22 at The Pierre in New York City.


Dr. Matthew Goldstein, served as chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY) from September 1999 to June 2013, the first CUNY graduate to lead the nation’s most prominent urban public university.

Prior to serving as chancellor, Dr. Goldstein held senior academic and administrative positions, including president of Adelphi University, president of Baruch College, president of the Research Foundation, and acting vice chancellor for academic affairs of CUNY. He has also held faculty positions at several colleges and universities and has written extensively in mathematics and statistics.

Currently, Dr. Goldstein is chair of the Board of Trustees of the JP Morgan Funds and a member of the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as a director of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, ex-officio. By appointment of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, he is chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and a member of the New NY Education Reform Commission. He previously served as chair of the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission at the appointment of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Dr. Goldstein is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. Among his honors are the 2011 Association for a Better New York “Spirit of ABNY” Award, the 2007 Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, the 2005 John H. Finley Award, the 2005 Medal of Honor “Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class,” the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2000 Townsend Harris Medal.

Dr. Goldstein earned his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in mathematical statistics, and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in statistics and mathematics from The City College of The City University of New York.


Dr. Lewis Friedman received a PhD in Political Science and was a tenured faculty member at The City University of New York for 30 years. During this period he started a real estate business that owned and operated multi-family residential property in Manhattan. He effectively combined the insights and skills of each profession to inform and enhance the other.

Mr. Friedman has hands-on experience in almost all aspects of residential property ranging from the gut rehabilitation of vacant shells to the conversion of rent regulated rental buildings to co-op status. As President of Merlon Management Corporation, he had direct decision-making authority over a variety of the organization’s business affairs. The portfolio of close to 60 individual properties was sold in its entirety in early 2006.

Dr Friedman’s academic career included the publication of a book, journal articles and reports in public sector budgeting and financial management. He has consulted extensively for public sector and non-profit organizations, as well as working for government in the time of the fiscal emergency of NYC. For more than 20 years he served as the Educational Director of The National Urban Fellows Program (NUF Inc.) for Baruch.

Dr Friedman retired from the University in 2000, to concentrate on his business interests. Today, he also plays a civic role as a pro bono consultant and board member for several not-for-profit organizations in New York City.


At this year’s dinner, Baruch student Catherine Ochoa, a sophomore majoring in management of musical enterprises, will perform a song at this year’s dinner. Catherine (or Cathia, as she is better known), made it into the Top 16 overall contestants and Top 4 on “Team Usher,” during the 2013 season of the reality TV talent show, “The Voice.”



WHAT: 25th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 6:30 p.m., Cocktail Reception; 7:30 p.m., Dinner

WHERE: The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

For more information, please contact the Benefit Office at 212-763-8598;





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 and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. 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. For more about Baruch College, go to

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