New York Academy of Finance Honors
Zicklin Associate Dean Phyllis Zadra

--Praised for Consistency and Commitment to Excellence--

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President Waldron, center,  with Phyllis Zadra, left, and Enrique Lopez-Balboa, right.
President Kathleen Waldron, center, with Associate Dean Phyllis Zadra and Enrique Lopez-Balboa, regional VP of Neuberger Berman.

January 10, 2005--Phyllis Zadra, associate dean of the Zicklin School of Business, has spent much of her career helping exceptional students to make the transition from high school to college through the Academy of Finance and Virtual Enterprise programs. On Friday January 7, the New York City Academy of Finance—a business education program that prepares gifted high school students for careers in finance— honored both Zadra and Enrique Lopez-Balboa, regional vice president of investment firm Neuberger Berman, for their continued activism and support of the institution. The Academy of Finance, started in 1982, is part of the National Academy Foundation, which runs career-oriented programs in more than 275 schools throughout the country.

“I was thrilled and surprised when I heard that I was selected for this award. I think the academy does important work with the students—they have achieved phenomenal rates of attendance and graduation from college,” said Zadra. “Baruch College has partnered with the Academy of Finance for over 20 years and it has been an outstanding relationship throughout.”

Zadra, a CUNY graduate, has worked within the university for 22 years and joined the Baruch faculty in 1996. She immediately began working with the Department of Education’s Virtual Enterprise program, which provides students with an opportunity to run their own model businesses. In 1999, she also assumed responsibility for maintaining the scholastic standards of the Academy of Finance at Baruch.

The ventures have been so popular that CUNY modeled much of its expanded high school preparatory program, College Now, on the success of these programs at Baruch. “It’s very gratifying to be part of a program that’s thriving, and I wish them continued success,” she said.

Mr. Lopez-Balboa, Zadra’s co-honoree, is a longtime member of the Academy of Finance advisory board and an enthusiastic supporter of the academy’s mission. “He was instrumental in forming our Speakers Committee,” said Regina Flannery, Director of the Academy of Finance. “He's done a tremendous amount to increase our profile in the New York financial community, and has inspired many other particpants to come and address our students.”

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