Baruch Honors Program Receives $1 Million Gift from Noted Alum

Roger Hertog’s Gift is the Largest in the History of Baruch’s Honors Program

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New York, NY – October 24, 2006--Alumnus Roger Hertog ‘65, director and Vice Chairman of the AllianceBernstein Corporation, has donated $1 million over the next four years to expand the number of undergraduate honors scholars at Baruch College. The gift is the largest in the history of the College’s Honors program.  The gift will fund a group of students within the Honors program who will be known as Hertog Scholars in recognition of the donor’s generosity.

“Roger Hertog’s dedication to supporting academic excellence at Baruch encourages all students to achieve their best,” said Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College. “Our strategic plan calls for building our Baruch Honors Program from 320 high achieving, hard working, and focused undergraduates, at present, to 500 or more within the next five years. Because of this gift, that goal is now within reach. The Hertog Scholars will be among the best and brightest at Baruch.”

Along with his duties at Alliance Bernstein, Mr. Hertog is a part owner of The New York Sun newspaper and The New Republic magazine, and is a board member of the Manhattan Institute, the New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Shalem Center, a public policy institute in Israel. He has consistently praised his CUNY education for instilling a “habit of inquisitiveness” in him, and the Roger and Susan Hertog Charitable Fund gave $3 million to the University’s Honors College program prior to his generous donation to Baruch College.

Mr. Hertog said, “The rebirth of CUNY and Baruch College is one of the greatest achievements in the history of New York.  We are proud to be an investor in this noble enterprise.”

The Honors program gives outstanding students an opportunity to meet with peers sharing similar interests and to participate in academically and culturally enriching activities. Members gain access to special seminars, including book discussions, programs with faculty and distinguished alumni, informal presentations on faculty research projects, and academic programming such as the College’s Feit Seminars in the Humanities and the Harman Writer-in-Residence classes. Baruch considers high school seniors with excellent grades, letters of recommendation, and evidence of community service for admittance to its honors program.

About Baruch College
Baruch College has a more-than-150-year history of excellence in public higher education with an emphasis on business.  Baruch has been repeatedly named the most ethnically diverse college in the United States.  The College’s 15,500 students speak 110 languages and come from 120 countries. With nine applicants for every seat in the freshman class, Baruch is a top college choice whose “real-world classroom” and diverse student body ensure that graduates head into the professional world with a thorough understanding of business and globalization.

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 non-degree and certificate programs through its Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Founded in 1970, The Baruch College Fund bridges the gap between the actual cost of educating students and the funds provided by tuition and by New York State.  Each year, the fund grants over $15 million to the College for vital programs that help to create the Baruch experience.

Contact: Lara Moon, Communications & Marketing, (646) 660-6093, lara_moon@baruch.cuny.edu.