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President Wallerstein

Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President of Baruch College

Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein became the seventh President of Baruch College in August 2010. Baruch is home to three well-regarded schools—the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs—and is the leading senior college in The City University of New York system, based on its overall academic quality and the credentials of its students. It educates one of the most diverse student populations in the United States with a total enrollment, undergraduate and graduate, of more than 18,000.

Since arriving at Baruch, Dr. Wallerstein has worked to ensure the College's financial health and future, prioritized the recruitment of top faculty, and improved the academic quality and caliber of students who enroll at Baruch. (Read his Leadership Profile for more.) Dr. Wallerstein has also advanced his own research on national security and public policy. His most recent publications include "The Price of Inattention: A Survivable North Korean Nuclear Threat?" in the Washington Quarterly and a related op-ed in the Washington Post, "Ignoring North Korea's Nuclear Threat Could Prove to Be a Dangerous Mistake." He has published articles in the journal Foreign Affairs, and he is the author of numerous books, monographs, and research studies on counterterrorism, the control of sensitive high-technology trade, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation.

In July 2016, President Wallerstein participated in a National Intelligence Council roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Steven Israel (D-NY) at Baruch College. The broad panel of thought leaders discussed topics relevant to the council's Global Trends 2035 Report. For two decades, these reports have given U.S. presidents and Cabinet agencies the synthesis and insights needed to better understand the political, economic, and social forces shaping the world and global events.

Dr. Wallerstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A native New Yorker, he holds PhD and MS degrees in political science from MIT, a Master's in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

Tenure at Syracuse and Other Academic Appointments

From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Wallerstein was dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University and a tenured professor of political science and public administration. During his tenure, the Maxwell School was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's leading graduate school of public affairs.

Prior to Syracuse, Dr. Wallerstein was on the faculty at MIT for five years and he held a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He taught on an adjunct basis in Washington, DC, at the Elliott School of George Washington University; the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wallerstein subsequently served as a Distinguished Research Professor at the National Defense University in Washington. He is also a past president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.

MacArthur Foundation Leadership

In 1998, Dr. Wallerstein joined the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations, as vice president. He directed the foundation's international grant-making program, known as the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, which annually distributes more than $85 million in grants worldwide in international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, and issues related to globalization.

Government Service

In 1993, President William J. Clinton appointed Dr. Wallerstein deputy assistant secretary of defense for counter-proliferation policy and senior defense representative for trade security policy. During his five-year tenure in the Department of Defense, he dealt with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation issues, and he helped found and subsequently co-chaired the Senior Defense Group on Proliferation at NATO. In January 1997, Secretary of Defense William J. Perry awarded Dr. Wallerstein the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and he subsequently received the Bronze Palm to that award in April 1998 from then-Secretary William Cohen.

Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Wallerstein was the deputy executive officer of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. The Academies are congressionally chartered, non-profit organizations that advise the U.S. Government on policy matters involving science and technology. While at the NRC, he directed a series of highly acclaimed studies on issues pertaining to science, technology and national security.