Office of the President
The President’s Cabinet is composed of the senior leadership of the College, including vice presidents, deans, the chair of the faculty senate, and members of the president’s senior staff. The Cabinet meets weekly and addresses issues that affect the entire College. It is charged with framing policy and procedures, making recommendations to the president and with ensuring that decisions reached are effectively implemented. The Cabinet is also charged with aligning the College’s strategic plans and available resources to ensure that the College fulfills its mission.
Cabinet Members include:
Mitchel B. Wallerstein,
Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein brings a rich, extensive career in higher education, public policy, and philanthropy to his leadership of the college. He came to Baruch in 2010 after serving for seven years as the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the nation's leading graduate school of public and international affairs and social science. Other career highlights include: Vice President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Representative for Trade Security Policy, U.S. Department of Defense; Deputy Executive Officer, National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering; Academic positions at the National Defense University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the College of the Holy Cross and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native New Yorker, President Wallerstein holds PhD and MS degrees in political science from MIT, an MPA from Syracuse University, and an AB from Dartmouth College. President Wallerstein is married with two grown children, one of whom is a resident of New York City. For more career highlights, see his full bio.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
David P. Christy became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Baruch College in July, 2013. He came to Baruch from California Polytechnic State University, where he served as Dean of the Orfalea College of Business. Provost Christy earned his Ph.D. in business administration and his M.Ed. in science education from the University of Georgia. His undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry was earned at the University of Dayton.
Provost Christy began his career at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business in the Department of Management Science & Information Systems, eventually serving as department head; then served as interim associate dean for research and graduate programs and during his final four years at Penn State was associate dean for undergraduate programs.
During Christy’s tenure as dean of the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, the college continued to execute its strategic plan, enhanced opportunities for faculty research support, updated the MBA curriculum including an Asian study tour option, and enhanced the academic quality of graduate degree offerings. Master’s programs in both taxation and financial accounting were initiated.
Dean, School of Public Affairs
Dean since 2006, David Birdsell focuses his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. He studies public access to information technology and advises nonprofit and governmental institutions on their communication and technology programs. His work on developing public sector leaders has led to the creation of more than 20 leadership programs offered in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, Dean Birdsell is a regular guest commentator on politics and communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, and other funders. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Director, Office of Institutional Research and Program Assessment
John Choonoo is Director of Institutional Research and Program Assessment at Baruch College. He has more than 15 years of experience in the area of educational and institutional research. He worked for the Division of Assessment and Accountability in the New York City Department of Education as an Education Research Associate for 5 years. He also evaluated criminal justice programs at the Vera Institute of Justice for three years as a research associate. He joined Baruch College in 2001 as Associate Director of Institutional Research and became its Director in 2005. Over the years he has made several presentations on institutional research and assessment at Baruch College, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). He holds a Doctorate in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Katharine T. Cobb,
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Katharine T. Cobb joined Baruch College in May 2012 as Vice President for Administration and Finance. She comes to Baruch from fellow CUNY Queens College, where she was the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Prior to her work at Queens College, Katharine Cobb served as Deputy Administrative Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA’s Office, and she was also Director of Legal Hiring. In her varied career, she was for many years a practicing lawyer in the District Attorney’s office; she also has been a consultant to the governments of Romania and Serbia and an adjunct professor at the Cardozo University School of Law. Kathy completed her BA at Brown University and received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel and Labor Designee
Olga Dais joined Baruch College in January 2015 as Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel and Labor Designee. In that role she interprets and advises on College governance documents, Board of Trustees bylaws, and policies, regulations and rules affecting the staff of the College. Additionally, she administers and interprets employee collective bargaining agreements, and is responsible for assuring compliance with laws governing employment and contract interpretation. Previously she was Executive Director of Legal Affairs/Compliance Programs and served as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at CUNY’s York College for 15 years. Prior to that, she was the Corporation Counsel/Chief Legal Counsel for the City of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and General Counsel/Chief Legal Counsel for New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Ms. Dais earned her B.S. from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
Vice President for Information Services and Dean of the Library
As Chief Librarian, Arthur Downing oversees library operations and an instructional program that includes a Minor in Information Studies. Under his direction the Newman Library received the prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2003. As the College’s CIO, he provides leadership for IT services, systems, and infrastructure. Previously, at the New York Academy of Medicine he was concurrently the Academy Librarian, director of IT, and director of the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. He holds three degrees from Rutgers University (A.B., M.L.S. and Ph.D.), as well as a master’s degree in Linguistics from NYU.
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives
Mary Gorman currently serves as Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives. Before that, she served as Chief of Staff to four Baruch College presidents since her arrival in 2001. Mary also chairs the College’s Auxiliary Enterprise Corporation Board of Directors, managed the process that produced Baruch’s current strategic plan, and participated in CUNY’s Executive Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining Baruch College, she worked at New York University in a variety of roles including executive associate to the dean of the College of Arts and Science; director of orientation and freshman programs; academic advisor; director of an undergraduate honors program; and special events manager. Before beginning her career in higher education administration, Mary worked as a researcher for the New York City Board of Correction and a writer for NYC Mayor Ed Koch.
Interim Dean, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences
Alison Griffiths is an internationally recognized scholar whose books have had a major impact on the fields of anthropology, cultural history, cinema studies, nineteenth century visual culture, and new media studies. Her first book, Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture (Columbia University Press, 2002) won several major awards, and her second book, Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View (Columbia University Press, 2008) confirmed her expertise in interdisciplinary research across the fields of art history, museum studies, and media archaeology. Her latest book, Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prisons in Twentieth Century America, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Professor Griffiths teaches film and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College and in the Doctoral Program in Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, and was a visiting professor at Stockholm University. Professor Griffiths served as a Faculty Fellow in Global Strategies at Baruch College and was a member of the WSAS Strategic Planning Committee and the WSAS Graduate Affairs committee. Before moving to New York, she taught at Elm Park (now Stanmore) College and Amersham & Wycombe College in London. The recipient of grants from the Woodrow Wilson organization, the NEH, and the Eugene Lang Foundation, she holds a bachelors degree from Leicester University, a masters from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Chair, Faculty Senate
Christopher Hessel joined the Baruch College faculty in 1978 in the Department of Economics and Finance, for which he now serves as deputy chair. Since he came to Baruch, Professor Hessel has served on more than two dozen committees. He has also engaged in two major service activities, as coordinator and professor for the Academy of Finance, a cooperative service of Baruch and the NYC Board of Education, and as coordinator and professor of the JP Morgan Chase-Baruch Extended Internship Program. Professor Hessel was presented with a Faculty Service Award by the Baruch College Alumni in 2012 and has also garnered the President's Distinguished Teaching award and The Zicklin School of Business Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Hessel, who earned his MA and PhD from the NYU Stern School, has 11 publications to his credit during his tenure at Baruch.
Dean, Zicklin School of Business
H. Fenwick Huss was appointed as the Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business in July 2014. He previously served as Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University for ten years. While at Georgia State, Huss also served as Associate Dean and Director of the School of Accountancy. Huss was a faculty member at the University of Maryland and a visiting professor of managerial accounting and control at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and he holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in accountancy from the University of Tennessee.
Huss has assisted universities in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, the Repubic of Georgia and South Africa in restructuring their business programs. He also directed USAID-funded development projects in South Africa, Ghana, and Egypt, and he has lectured extensively in the People’s Republic of China over the past two decades on business information needs in transition economies.
AVP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Art serves as chief student affairs administrator at Baruch College. Before joining the college, he was Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at San José State University (SJSU). Prior to SJSU, he served as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity and adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at Towson University, and before that, he held progressively responsible higher education leadership positions and adjunct faculty roles at George Mason University (GMU) and Georgia Southern University (GSU).
A staunch advocate for student-centered learning and engagement, Art is the recipient of several awards for enhancing the student experience and promoting inclusive excellence. He underwent specialized management training in leading transformation and change through the Management & Leadership in Education (MLE) Institute at Harvard University. Art completed PhD coursework in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at GMU, earned a MEd in Higher Education Student Development and BS in Communication Arts from GSU, and received an AA in Mass Communication from the Barbados Community College.
Vice President for Communications, External Relations & Economic Development
Christina Latouf joined Baruch College in 2008 as its Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. Specializing in integrated communications, she leads a team that crafts and implements the College’s identity and market position in support of its brand, strategy and mission. Ms. Latouf was formerly an executive director of Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media and entertainment company, where she built the marketing communications function for the global headquarters. She received her M.B.A. from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and her B.A. from New York University. Committed to making quality education accessible to all, Ms. Latouf has served on the board of the Beginning with Children Charter School and the city’s Department of Education on a committee devoted to problem solving for charter school leaders. Ms. Latouf is also on the advisory committee for the MA in Corporate Communications at Baruch College.
Kenya N. Lee,
Interim Chief of Staff
Kenya Nyota Lee joined Baruch College in 2004 and has more than thirteen years of experience in higher education administration. Ms. Lee plays an integral role in the execution of the College President’s vision: facilitating cross-campus initiatives, speech writing, event planning, managing special projects, personnel administration and overseeing the operation of the Office of the President at Baruch College. As co-chair of the Baruch Morale Taskforce she helps promote a campus culture of appreciation, professional development, diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a member of the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and is also a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) representative. Prior to joining Baruch College, Ms. Lee was assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marymount Manhattan College and assistant to the Executive Director of Information Resources at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Ms. Lee’s professional experience also includes the magazine publishing and banking industries. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Queens College/CUNY, and is a member of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education and a Toastmaster.
Vice Provost for Global Strategies
Myung-Soo Lee is Professor of Marketing and International Business at Baruch College. Professor Lee received his BBA from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea; his MBA degree from SUNY at Albany; and his PhD degree from SUNY at Buffalo. Since Professor Lee joined Baruch College in 1990, he served as Chair of Baruch College’s Allen G. Aaronson Department of Marketing and International Business, as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and as Interim Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. His research interests are in the field of consumer information search, consumers’ attitude toward advertising, and the interface between marketing and entrepreneurship. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals including the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing Research. Professor Lee has delivered marketing seminars to such corporations as KPMG and Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, as well as to the Midtown Manhattan Small Business Development Center at Baruch College.
Kieran B. Morrow,
Chief Diversity Officer
Kieran Batts Morrow serves as Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator at Baruch College, where she has headed the Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives since her arrival in August 2014. She is responsible for overseeing, monitoring and reviewing EEO policy, compliance and procedures; providing counseling and information on diversity and compliance issues; serving as liaison between the College community and campus interest groups; and working with the College in the development of innovative recruitment efforts.
An attorney with extensive experience in the areas of employment, labor, diversity, and complex corporate investigations, Ms. Morrow was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP, and was counsel at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP prior to her appointment at Baruch. In addition to her legal expertise, she has a passionate interest in building community around issues of diversity and inclusion. Ms. Morrow was an Angier Biddle Duke Scholar at Duke University, where she received her B.A., and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Vice President for College Advancement
David joined Baruch in 2005 as Executive Director of Development and served as Acting Vice President of College Advancement at Baruch from September 2008 to February 2009 before his appointment as Assistant Vice President in 2010. Previously, he was a senior consultant with Marts & Lundy for three years, assisting nearly 75 clients throughout the country with their diverse fund raising needs. He began his development career at St. John’s University where he spent 13 years building leadership giving, stewardship and research operations. He was a member of the APRA Board of Directors from 2003-2009. David holds a B.A. degree from Utica College, an M.A. degree from Rutgers University (Eagleton Institute of Politics), and an M.L.S. degree from St. John’s University.