Baruch Dedicates the Starr Career Development Center

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Baruch College honored the Starr Foundation at a naming and dedication ceremony held on Friday, February 2, 2007, in the College’s Career Development Center—to be known henceforth as the Starr Career Development Center.

President Kathleen Waldron presided at the event and presented a special citation to Starr Foundation President Florence Davis. “We thank the Starr Foundation for understanding that our students come to us seeking not only a superb education but help in mastering the career development process,” President Waldron said. Last August the Starr Foundation awarded Baruch College $2 million to enhance its undergraduate career services, while pledging as much as $3 million in matching funds. The gift is the largest Baruch has ever received from a private foundation.

Howard Smith (’68), CFO of the C.V. Starr Company and a trustee of the Starr Foundation, and Starr Foundation program officer Paula Lawrence joined Starr Foundation President Davis at the ceremony. Baruch was represented by John Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School of Business; David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs; Ben Corpus, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; and Terrence Martell, Saxe Professor of Finance and International Business in Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and director of Baruch’s Weissman Center for International Business, among other members of the faculty and staff. Several students also played a role in the ceremony.

Dr. Patricia Imbimbo, director the Starr Career Development Center, led a tour of the facilities for the guests. “Due to the generosity of the Starr Foundation,” Imbimbo noted, “we’ve been able to hire additional staff, double the number of career workshops we offer, and launch the Wall Street Careers Program for high-potential students. We’ve named our new four-year career development program ‘Starr Track,’” she added. “We are so happy to be able to show off what we've been able to accomplish."