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,
President Mitchel Wallerstein brings an extensive career in public policy and higher education to his role as president of Baruch College. For the past seven years, he has served as the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, which is 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.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives.
Ben Corpus has served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and dean of students at Baruch College since 2005. He has expertise in a number of issues and has presented regionally and nationally on enrollment management, Latino student success, opportunity and access, organizational dynamics and urban communities. Dr. Corpus was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow in 2004 with the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities and an AASCU MLI Leadership Fellow in 2009. He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Oswego State University, an M.S. from the University at Albany in education and his Ph.D. from New York University in Higher Education Policy. He has also completed the Certificate Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard Law, and the IEM at Harvard University.
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.
Chief of Staff
Mary Gorman has 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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey M. Peck,
Dean, Weissman School of Arts & Sciences and Vice Provost for Global Strategies
Jeffrey Peck’s academic background is in literary and cultural studies with a focus on postwar/contemporary Germany and especially German Jewish relations. He came to Baruch in 2009 on leave from Georgetown University while on a visiting position at Humboldt University in Berlin. At the latter, he held the Walter Benjamin Chair in German Jewish Culture and History and was the Director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies. At Georgetown he was in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program and earlier as a Professor of German, he was in the School of Foreign Service and the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also the Director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University (Toronto) and the University of Montreal, as well as having taught previously at the University of Washington. His most recent book was Being Jewish in the New Germany (Rutgers 2005).
Sharon D. Ricks,
Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Sharon D. Ricks was drawn to the field of higher education, and specifically student affairs, while an undergraduate at the SUNY at Stony Brook, where she earned a BSW in Social Work. Beginning her career as an admissions counselor for the CUNY Office of Admission Services, and later as an academic advisor at Baruch College, she remained steadfast in her mission to help students succeed and earn their degree. She later became Director of the Center for Academic Advisement at Baruch and has spent over 25 years in higher education. In 2014 she was named Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Sharon earned an MS in Education from Baruch College and is currently enrolled in the Executive Program in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy at Fordham University pursing the Ed.D degree.
Interim 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.
Executive Legal Counsel to the President and Labor Designee
Stephanie Vullo is responsible for labor relations, compliance, legal affairs, and serves as legal advisor to the President. Prior to joining Baruch College, Ms. Vullo was Associate General Counsel at New York University for ten years. Ms. Vullo was also a New York State Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau, where she represented the CUNY and SUNY education systems; a Senior Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court in Queens County; and a Congressional Aide to the late Congressman Bill Green of Manhattan's "Silk Stocking" District. Ms. Vullo holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.PA. from New York University, and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law where she was a Ranking Scholar, a member of the Pace Law Review, and a founding member of the Pace Latino Law Students Association.