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New Appointments at Baruch

Dean Elliott Named to Neuberger Berman Board of Directors

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (4/8/03)--John Elliott, Vice President and Dean of the Zicklin School of Business, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of Neuberger Berman, Inc., an asset management and investment firm. Dr. Elliott, who also holds the Irwin and Arlene Ettinger Chair in Accountancy, joined the faculty and administration of Baruch College in September 2002 after serving as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management.

Neuberger Berman Inc. is an investment advisory firm that manages over $56.1 billion in assets. The 63-year old company provides private asset management, wealth management strategies, tax planning, trust services, mutual fund and institutional management, and professional securities services.

A respected scholar who has served on the editorial boards of the major accounting journals, Elliott also is a founding member of the African American Doctoral Students Association, an organization that encourages minority enrollment in doctoral programs across the country. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 1972, and a PhD in Accounting from Cornell University in 1982.

“Neuberger Berman is proud to have an individual of such stature serve on our board,” said Jeffrey Lane, President and Chief Executive Officer of the investment firm. “In his distinguished career, John Elliott has proved himself to be a leading scholar and a seasoned administrator. His expertise in accounting and his administrative experience add complementary strengths to the board and will benefit all Neuberger Berman stockholders,” Lane said.

“I am delighted to be invited to join the Board of Neuberger Berman,” said Elliott. “This is especially true when joining a firm with the highest integrity and ethical values.” Elliott also noted the important links between Neuberger Berman and Baruch: “Neuberger Berman has had many Baruch graduates in its leadership ranks. The firm is a leader in corporate governance, with Larry Zicklin (‘57, LHD [Hon.] ‘99) as a non-executive Chairman, and the majority of its board as independent directors,” he said.

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The Baruch College Alumni Association
Appoints New Executive Director

Richard Browne, President of The Baruch College Alumni Association (BCAA), has announced the appointment of John W. Nichols as Executive Director of the BCAA.

Nichols has an extensive management background in New York’s not-for-profit sector that began at The Museum of Modern Art. Most recently he was the Director of Museum Services at the American Federation of Arts (AFA), which presents traveling art exhibitions in partnership with member museums. During the past ten years at AFA, he conceived, administered and marketed a broad selection of membership benefits and professional development programs. Nichols was the creative force behind the establishment of the prestigious Directors Forum and Curators Forum conferences for museum leaders nationwide. He also coordinated the business operations of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation as part of AFA’s Technical Assistance Program.

“John’s skills are admirably suited to build on the momentum generated by BCAA’s dynamic programming and a multitude of other membership incentives that were introduced during the past year. He is a welcome addition to our team,” Brown said.

“I am honored to have this tremendous opportunity to work with BCAA’s dedicated officers, directors, and membership,” Nichols said. “They possess an expertise and entrepreneurial spirit that defines this great organization. Their enthusiasm is impossible to resist.”

The Baruch College Alumni Association promotes the goals of the, students, faculty and alumni of the Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York and its three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the largest and one of the most respected business schools in the nation; the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Public Affairs. This mission is accomplished through BCAA member volunteer opportunities in the Mentoring Program, Speakers Bureau, and Career Development Office. BCAA members also enjoy access to a vast resource of business contacts through career development seminars, workshops and discussions, as well as special social events that create unparalleled networking opportunities. To join, renew or obtain more information on the Baruch College Alumni Association please visit or call the BCAA office at 212-802-2875.

The Baruch College Alumni Association is a proud contributor to The Baruch College Fund. The Fund bridges the gap between the actual cost of educating students and the funds provided by tuition and by New York State. Each unrestricted gift enables the Fund to provide support where it is most needed: to recruit and retain outstanding faculty; promote new and ongoing research; support scholarships, career placement services, improved facilities and technology; and create new academic initiatives and programs. To make a donation or for more information on the Baruch College Fund please visit or call the Office of College Advancement at 212-802-2900.



Oregon State’s Robert Specter Named as Baruch
College/CUNY’s New VP of Administration and Finance

Ned Regan, President of Baruch College, has recommended, and the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has approved, the appointment of Robert Specter as the college’s Vice President of Administration and Finance. Specter, who has served in similar capacities at Montana State and Oregon State universities, assumed the post on April 1.

"Robert brings a wealth of experience in enhancing educational programs by linking learning priorities to budget realities," said Regan "At a time when public universities in New York face new budgetary constraints, Robert's ability to maximize resources will help Baruch further strengthen its educational mission."

According to U.S. News and World Report, Baruch College has the most diverse student body in the country and is among the most selective public institutions in the state.

Along with the President and the academic leaders, the Vice President of Administration and Finance at Baruch plays a critical role in strategic planning to increase the quality of the College’s educational enterprise, while maintaining its historic role of offering first- and second-generation students the knowledge and skills they need to enter the economic mainstream.

Specter, who received his MBA in Finance from Arizona State University in 1987, began his career in education as senior financial analyst for the Arizona Board of Regents. He served as assistant budget director of Northern Arizona University and director of business and finance for the Iowa Board of Regents before being named vice president and chief financial officer of Montana State University.

In 1998, he was appointed vice president and chief financial officer of Oregon State University. During his tenure, he instituted a budget model that matched resources to enrollment growth, planned for the university’s first upper-division branch campus, and directed construction of a $40-million library and a $27-million research laboratory. Mr. Specter most recently served as assistant to the interim president of Oregon State University.

Specter, who collects mineral specimens, earned his bachelor’s degree in geoscience from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.


Vince Passaro,
Director of Public Relations


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