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Baruch College's John A. Elliott Inducted Into Ph.D. Project Hall Of Fame

ElliottNEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2011 - The Ph.D. Project, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management, announced John A. Elliott, Ph.D., Dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College as one of the inaugural inductees into their newly established PhD Project Hall of Fame.

The Ph.D. Project was created in 1994 to address the severe under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans in management by diversifying the front of the classroom-the business school faculty. A diverse faculty encourages more minorities to pursue business degrees, thereby increasing the pool of minority applicants for positions in today's multicultural corporate environment. Since its inception in 1994, The Ph.D. Project has increased the number of African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American business professors from 294 to 1,113. Many aspiring Ph.D. candidates remain in the pipeline.

The Ph.D. Project established the Hall of Fame to recognize a select few who have inspired many. These individuals have sustained an unwavering commitment to The PhD Project's mission and their positive leadership has resulted in significant encouragement and impact within The Project's network of minority business doctoral students and faculty. These doctoral students and faculty are role models and mentors attracting minority students to the study of business, thereby enhancing the talent pool available to corporate America.

“We are pleased to present the first inductees to The Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame. Since our inception, these individuals have served The Project as presenters, mentors and advisors,” said Bernard J. Milano, President of The Ph.D. Project and of the KPMG Foundation, the founder and lead funder of the Project. “They have put forth great effort to create diversity in academia and through that, the business world.”

Elliott was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Quiester Craig, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University; Andrew J. Policano, Ph.D., Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine; and Melvin T. Stith, Ph.D., Dean of the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. The Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame's inaugural inductees will be honored at the organization's annual conference November 16-18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Starting in 2012, a new class of inductees will be selected annually, with supporters of The Ph.D. Project and the public invited to submit nominations for each year's class.

About John Elliott:

In addition to serving as dean, Elliott is the Irwin and Arlene Ettinger Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. Prior to his Deanship, Elliott spent 20 years on the faculty of Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is a certified public accountant with professional experience as an auditor and consultant. Elliott is a member of the Independent Budget Office (IBO) advisory council for the City of New York and serves on the Board of Directors of National Financial Partners, a publicly traded NYSE listed company, and of Liquidnet, a private company. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council and several nonprofits.


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. 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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