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Latin American History Scholar, LIU Dean and Former Citibank Vice President Named Next President of Baruch College

CUNY Appoints Kathleen M. Waldron to Succeed Ned Regan on August 2

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY -- Citing her strong experience as a scholar, executive, and educator, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron, Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University and former President of Citibank International, to become President of CUNY’s Baruch College, effective August 2, 2004.

In accepting the Board’s appointment at its evening session today, Dr. Waldron said, “I’m thrilled and honored to receive this opportunity and I’d like to express my gratitude to the CUNY Board, to Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and to the enormously generous alumni, faculty, and students of Baruch College. I was extremely impressed by all of them as I met them throughout the search process. Their energy, scholarship and commitment make Baruch the great institution it is.”

A Fulbright Scholar who received her doctorate in Latin American history from Indiana University, Dr. Waldron held numerous senior management positions at Citibank over a 15-year period, including President of Citibank International in Miami from 1991 through 1996. Dr. Waldron is Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, responsible for academic quality, curricula, the development of alumni and corporate relations and student advising.

As President of Baruch College, Dr. Waldron will lead an institution with 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Baruch, comprising the Zicklin School of Business, the largest accredited business school in the nation, as well as the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs, is one of the most selective public colleges in the northeast. It is also consistently ranked the most diverse college in America by US News & World Report, with students whose families come from more than 120 nations and over ninety language groups.

Ned Regan, the former Comptroller of the State of New York who served as Baruch’s president from 2000 to 2004, steps down to take a chair as University Professor. Under Regan’s leadership Baruch students’ test scores have risen, retention has improved dramatically, and student services, especially in advising and employment, were significantly overhauled. The campus opened its award-winning Newman Vertical Campus complex in 2001, and in 2003 The William and Anita Newman Library was named by ALA’s academic arm as the best college library in the nation.

Dr. Waldron comes to Baruch College after serving for six years as Dean of the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, where she had responsibility for a student body of 1,000 and more than 70 full-time and adjunct faculty. In her tenure at LIU, she established endowed scholarships and obtained the first corporate foundation awards in the school’s history.

Immediately prior to joining Long Island University in 1998, Dr. Waldron worked at Citibank for fifteen years in senior management positions. From 1996 to 1998 she was a member of the policy committee for Citibank's Private Bank, which managed over $100 billion in assets of clients from over forty countries and offered a full range of investment, credit and corporate finance products. She was in charge of Global Strategic Planning for the Private Bank as the group achieved revenues of $1.4 billion. She also served on a transition team when Citicorp merged with Travelers Insurance to form Citigroup in 1998.

From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Waldron was President of Citibank International in Miami, where she managed a $25 million business. From 1988 to 1991, she was director of Citibank’s International Agencies Division responsible for providing investment and credit services to large not-for-profit entities in the United States, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Citibank, she worked at Chemical Bank in the Argentine area of the Latin American Division, with responsibility for government and private sector lending.

Dr. Waldron received her doctorate in Latin American History from Indiana University in 1977 and a Certificate in Business from New York University in 1983. Before her banking career, Dr. Waldron was an assistant professor at Bowdoin College in Maine and, from 1980 to 1981, a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. She has published articles on Latin American finance and Latin American history and she regularly delivers papers and presentations at academic and professional meetings. She serves on the board of Acción International, a large global, nonprofit microcredit lending organization.

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