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Baruch College's School Of Public Affairs Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

NEW YORK, NY-June 7, 2012 - The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College is proud to welcome new members to its advisory board. Bill Roedy, President of MTV Networks International; Jack Howard Jacobs, Principal of The Fitzroy Group; and Jim Foy, recently retired president and CEO of St. John’s Riverside Hospital and Riverside Health Care System, joined the advisory board during the 2011-2012 academic year.

David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, says the new members are an asset to the board and bring ideas.

“These extraordinarily accomplished individuals complement a vital, energetic Board that has in its first year already made an enormous difference in the School’s ability to reach new audiences and seize new opportunities,” Birdsell said. “I look forward to learning from them and working with them on a range of exciting projects as we cement SPA’s place among the world’s best and most innovative schools of public policy.”

Mr. Bill Roedy has been President of MTV Networks International, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., since June 2000. Mr. Roedy oversees MTV Networks' 71 international cable channels also takes on the additional oversight for Paramount Comedy Channel UK and Paramount Comedy Spain. His 25-year television career spans nearly every aspect of television operations. Mr. Roedy joined MTV Networks Company in 1989 as Chief Executive and Managing Director of MTV Europe. He oversees all of MTV Networks' growing international multimedia business operations for the brands MTV: Music Television, Nickelodeon, VH1, VIVA, TMF: The Music Factory, The Box, Game One and Paramount Comedy, collectively providing the largest global network of localized TV channels and websites targeting kid, youth and adult audiences. Mr. Roedy has been a Vice Chairman of MTV Networks Company since March 2005 and serves as its Director. He served as a Career Officer in the U.S. Army for nearly seven years, receiving the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He has been Member of the Advisory Board of CRE8 Limited, since February 2007. Mr. Roedy holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University and an Undergraduate Degree from West Point.

Mr. Jack Howard Jacobs is a retired colonel in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War. He has been a Principal of The Fitzroy Group since 1992. Mr. Jacobs founded AutoFinance Group Inc. in 1988 and served as its Chief Operating Officer from 1988 to 1989. Mr. Jacobs served as a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Corp., where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and of Lehman Brothers until 1996. He served as the Chairman of Politics of McDermott at West Point since 2005. He served as an NBC Military Analyst since 2002. He served as an On-camera Military and Political Analyst for NBC, MSNB and CNBC. He was a Partner in the institutional hedge fund business since 1996. He co-founded an investment management business for Lehman Brothers. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Jacobs served in Vietnam twice, both times as an Advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions. He has also attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. He serves as a Director of BioNeutral. He has been a Director of Xedar Corporation since December 31, 2006; Paragon Technologies Inc. since March 16, 2012; Image Innovations Holdings Inc. since September 3, 2004 and Visual Management Systems, Inc. since July 17, 2007. He serves as a Trustee of Aegis Investments. He is Vice Chairman and Director of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of charitable organizations. He is a Member of Council on Foreign Relations. He served as Director at Premier Exhibitions Inc. from January 2009 to February 24, 2011. As a Member of the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C., he taught international relations and comparative politics for three years. He taught Military Strategy at the National War College in Washington, DC. He is among the most highly decorated soldiers from that era, having earned three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest combat decoration. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's degree from Rutgers University.

Mr. James Foy of Dobbs Ferry, recently retired president and CEO of St. John’s Riverside Hospital and Riverside Health Care System in Yonkers, has been appointed to the board of directors of Andrus, a child care agency serving more than 2,500 children and families at 16 sites around Westchester County. Mr. Foy joined St. John’s Riverside Hospital in 1993 as its President and CEO, and quickly expanded services, increased revenue and reduced costs. His strong commitment to preserving community-based health care is what drove the development of the Riverside Healthcare System and the Hospital’s partnerships with Yonkers General Hospital and the Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry. Mr. Foy’s leadership has been instrumental in forging many important partnerships, including the Pinnacle Healthcare Network. Through Pinnacle, The Riverside Health Care System has worked closely with the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley (VNA) — the Network’s preferred home care provider. Now, an independent health care consultant, Mr. Foy has been a staunch advocate for the VNA, at both the Riverside Health Care System and the Pinnacle Healthcare Network. As a result, the collaboration between our organizations has ensured the seamless continuity of care for countless patients. Prior to joining St. John’s Riverside, Mr. Foy served in senior administrative positions at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as at St. Mary’s Hospital of Brooklyn. Mr. Foy has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College, and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from Columbia University.

The advisory board of the School of Public Affairs helps promote the school among key public policy members; assists in securing resources needed to fulfill its mission; and offers advisement to the dean on emerging trends in the public sector. The advisory board has drawn its membership from a wide range of distinguished men and women who have achieved distinction in their professional careers and in their commitment to public service. The board currently includes Baruch College alumni and non-alumni members, and will over time draw membership from all of the areas served by the School and its programs.

In addition to Bill Roedy, Jack Howard Jacobs, and James Foy, current Members include:

Michael Lewan, Chair (Baruch BBA ’72) – Principal in Government Law and Strategies at Brown Rudnick

Dr. Stuart Altman (Baruch BBA ’59) – Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

John Banks (Baruch MPA ’92) – Vice President of Government Relations for Con Edison

Barbara Fife – Former Director of External Affairs at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, and Co-Director of the School’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government

Lewis Friedman – Managing Partner of Eagles Nest Capital, LLC

Amy Hagedorn (Baruch BBA ’58) – Founder of Sustainable Long Island and serves on the board of advisors of the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF), a division of the New York Community Trust

Ivan S. Kronenfeld, PhD, principal and executive producer in Koerner Kronenfeld Partners LLC

Larry Pressler – Former US Senator from South Dakota and named Commissioner for the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad by President Barack Obama

Sandra Wasserman (Baruch BBA ’55) – Member of the Baruch College Fund and  Chairperson of The Bert and Sandra Wasserman Foundation

Susanna Zwerling – Senior Counsel, Merger Compliance at NBC Universal

The mission of the School of Public Affairs is to enhance the performance of governmental and nonprofit institutions in New York and the nation in the interest of effective and equitable public service and public policy in a diverse society. Using insights from theory, research, and practice, we are a multidisciplinary community of scholars engaged in teaching, research, and outreach to achieve this mission. We place special emphasis on educating responsive and accountable leaders who combine managerial expertise, creative and critical thinking, and rigorous analysis in the formation and execution of public policy. The School also serves as a site for debate and reflection on issues of public importance to New York and the world beyond.



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