Baruch College Celebrates 2nd Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

Baruch College celebrates the 2nd Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner at the Plaza Hotel on May 5, 2004.

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Financier and civic leader Bernard Baruch, who graduated from the City College of New York in 1889, was a self-made millionaire born of immigrant parents. He went on to become an advisor to six presidents, and held various positions in government, including head of the board that controlled wartime rationing during World War II. In 1953, in order to acknowledge his debt to the City University and to assist those students who, he believed, were crucial to keeping alive the spirit of the American Dream, he gave a donation to support public business education.

The business school of City College, then known as City College Downtown because of its location in the Flatiron District, was renamed Baruch College in his honor. It became independent of City College in 1968 and is now the most competitive senior college in the CUNY system, with more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in business, arts and science, and public affairs. The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, which enrolls more than 12,000 of those students, is the largest business school in the nation.

At the Plaza Hotel gala, over 500 attendees recognize an alumnus of the College, a corporation, and   business leaders for their contributions in support of business and community.

The honorees:

William F. Aldinger III , '69, chair and CEO, HSBC North America Holdings Inc., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Maurice R. Greenberg , chair and CEO of American International Group Inc., will receive the Baruch Medal for Business and Civic Leadership

George T. Wendler , '69, MBA '76, Sr. EVP and Chief Credit Officer, HSBC North American Holdings Inc., will receive the President's Medal

HSBC Bank USA will receive the Corporate Leadership Award.