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Dr. David P. Christy to Become Baruch College's
New Provost

DavidChristyNEW YORK, NY ? April 18, 2013 ? Today Baruch College, a senior college in The City University of New York system, announced the appointment of David P. Christy as its new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective midsummer, 2013. Dr. Christy also will assume a faculty position in the Department of Management in Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business.

After a national search that included open meetings with Baruch’s faculty, staff and students, President Mitchel B. Wallerstein is pleased to welcome Dr. Christy as the College’s new chief academic officer. “I am delighted that Dr. David Christy, who is currently the Dean of the Orfalea College of Business at the California Polytechnic State University, has accepted my invitation to become the new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Baruch College.  Dr. Christy’s experience as a business educator, researcher and academic leader are ideally suited to the current needs of the College, but the fact that his background also includes training in and exposure to the arts and sciences leads me to have great confidence that he will be fully responsive to the needs and concerns of the entire institution.  We are fortunate to have recruited him, and I look forward to his arrival at the College this summer,” said President Wallerstein.

“I look forward to enhancing and protecting what is already great about Baruch College, which was built on the principles of providing students with access to an excellent education and the opportunities for success that come with that education,” said Christy. “Baruch is already one of the premier urban public colleges, and I am honored by the faith placed in me to propel the College forward as it implements its new strategic plan. I am eager to meet the faculty, students, staff, alumni and many friends of Baruch College so that we may begin working together to advance the College.”


Academic Leadership

As Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baruch College, Dr. Christy will manage an academic budget of more than $100 million as he oversees the academic programs and services for the School of Public Affairs, the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences and the Zicklin School of Business, the largest collegiate business school in the nation. The Provost’s portfolio also will include the College’s Honors Program, the Baruch Computing & Technology Center, its Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, an extensive continuing and professional studies program, the William and Anita Newman Library, work with faculty on sponsored programs and research, and many student-specific services, including the academic consulting and writing centers.

Currently Dean of the Orfalea College of Business at the California Polytechnic State University since 2004, Dr. Christy is a proven advocate for faculty development.

“Dr. Christy has enhanced the reputation of the Orfalea College of Business over the past nine years by attracting bright students and committed faculty,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “He has exceptional talent for recruiting and supporting faculty members who are devoted to excellence in scholarship and teaching.”

Dr. Christy said he understands that the faculty are the competitive edge for an institution of higher education.

“For nine years I have served our faculty and students as an academic leader. While this role is complex, the objectives are straightforward: create a shared vision for a productive, creative and effective learning community. My plan is to invite faculty and students to make substantial contributions to the achievement of this vision, and to build an organization that encourages respect and openness while we tackle difficult problems. Strategic planning, assurance of student learning, and investing in faculty development are each essential components in achieving this vision.”


Focus on Operations Management and Management Science

Dr. Christy earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Georgia, where he also earned his M.Ed. in science education. His undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry was earned at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

He began his career at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business in the Department of Management Science & Information Systems, eventually serving as department head; then served as Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs and during his final four years at Penn State was Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

During Dr. Christy’s tenure as Dean of the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, the college continued to execute its strategic plan, enhanced opportunities for faculty research support, updated the MBA curriculum including an Asian study tour option, and enhanced the academic quality of graduate degree offerings. An MS in Accounting Taxation program was initiated. The undergraduate program now offers an option for first year students to enroll in business core courses, has enhanced advising services, and offers a sophomore leadership workshop to one hundred students each year. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and Low Income Taxpayer Clinic have expanded to serve regional clients. Christy was involved in recruiting 37 new faculty, refreshed the programs in economics and industrial technology, and enhanced intellectual opportunities for faculty within a framework of faculty participation and accountability. Using criteria developed by the faculty, he initiated a cooperative agreement between the business programs at Cal Poly and Politecnico di Milano, Italy.


Baruch College: A global leader in public urban education

More than 166 years ago, Townsend Harris and other City Fathers signed an accord to create New York’s and the nation’s first free institution of higher education. The idea for the Free Academy was audacious, and where Baruch College stands today, America began an experiment in access to higher education that was intended to create a better-trained workforce for the City of New York. The experiment succeeded, and Baruch is its most direct heir.

In fall ‘12, President Wallerstein oversaw the adoption of the College’s new roadmap, the Baruch College Strategic Plan 2013-2018. This five-year plan sketches an ambitious agenda that builds on the tremendous successes achieved throughout the history of Baruch College and, particularly, in the past two decades. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Dr. Christy to implement our strategic plan, which envisions a new way of working at the College: one that is more collaborative, more data-driven, more communicative, and more goal-oriented. Dave’s background in academic administration coupled with his career-long foundation of collaboration with faculty and advocacy for student success, is the mix needed to reach our goals,” said President Wallerstein.

Much of his recent work at Cal Poly has prepared Dr. Christy for this appointment ? from serving as the point of contact for development of university entrepreneurship initiatives, to securing business program reaccreditation by AACSB International, to championing the improvements in learning assessment and instructional design, including technologies to support both.

“I look forward to working across the entire Baruch campus and with the CUNY chancellery to ensure Baruch’s mission is strengthened, says Christy. “In particular, I look forward to launching a national search for the next dean of the Zicklin School of Business, guiding that School through its upcoming AACSB reaccreditation, and harnessing Baruch’s great work in business, the arts and sciences, and public affairs to prepare our students to be effective citizens. I was a first-generation student with great aspirations. I can’t wait to apply everything I’ve learned to help Baruch’s heavily first-generation student body actualize their ambitions. Getting to live and work in New York City is also terribly exciting,” concludes Baruch College’s new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. David P. Christy.


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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