Oregon States Robert Specter Named as Baruch College/CUNYs New VP of Administration and Finance

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (1/29/02)- Ned Regan, President of Baruch College, has announced his intention to recommend to the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York the appointment of Robert Specter as the colleges Vice President of Administration and Finance. Mr. Specter, who has served in similar capacities at Montana State and Oregon State universities, will assume the post on April 1.

"Robert brings a wealth of experience in enhancing educational programs by linking learning priorities to budget realities," said Mr. 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 Colleges 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.

Mr. 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 universitys first upper-division branch campus, and directed construction of a $40-million library and a $27-million research laboratory. Mr. Specter currently serves as assistant to the interim president of Oregon State University.

Mr. Specter, who collects mineral specimens, earned his bachelors degree in geoscience from the University of Rochester and a masters degree in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Contact:
Vince Passaro, Director of Public Relations
212-802-2916
vince_Passaro@baruch.cuny.edu