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David Birdsell, Dean of SPA Corlisse Thomas, Assistant VP of Student Affairs
Photo of David Birdsell by Jerry Speier       Photo of Corlisse Thomas by Diana Tse


              New York, NY, Monday, June 19, 2006 - Baruch College named two new senior administrators who will guide the future development of the College, it was announced today by President Kathleen Waldron.

              David Birdsell, who joined the Baruch faculty in 1986, has been named Dean of the School of Public Affairs (SPA). An expert on visual and political communication, Birdsell has been on the SPA faculty since the inception of the School in 1994. In his many roles at SPA, Birdsell has served as executive director for academic programs (1999-2005) with responsibility for graduate and undergraduate curricula and faculty affairs. Birdsell has been the school’s acting dean since the summer of 2005.

              Birdsell holds a PhD in public communications from the University of Maryland and MA and BA degrees from the University of Virginia. He lectures frequently on politics, nonprofit management, and civic culture. Some of his recent work has focused on leadership development and succession management in public sector organizations.

The School of Public Affairs, a Flagship institution of the CUNY system, specializes in teaching, research, and service in the areas of municipal government, nonprofit administration, policy analysis, health care policy, and educational administration

              Corlisse Thomas joins the Baruch staff as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. In her new post, she will be responsible for various aspects of student life, including academic advisement, career development, counseling, disability services, athletics and recreation, the Baruch Early Learning Center, and the SEEK program. Thomas, a native New Yorker, holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Tufts University. A seasoned administrator, she has previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Fairleigh Dickinson University, St. John’s University, and Fitchburg State College.

              Since 2000, Thomas has served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University, where her responsibilities included the development and supervision of the Scholars and Fellowship Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

              Drs. Birdsell and Thomas were both selected for their current posts following extensive nation-wide searches.

About Baruch College
Baruch College has a 160-year history of excellence in public higher education with an emphasis on business. It is an award-winning, diverse institution and a senior college in The City University of New York system, the nation’s largest public university system. Baruch draws bright and ambitious students who are serious about preparing themselves to succeed.

Baruch offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study through its three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Affairs. The College also offers nondegree and certificate programs through its division of Continuing and Professional Studies.             

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