Message From The President - Baruch College

January 19, 2012

To the Baruch College Community:

It is with decidedly mixed emotions that I announce that Dr. James McCarthy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, has informed me of his decision to leave Baruch College at the end of the month. While it is difficult to lose a highly capable and talented senior colleague, I am personally delighted for Jim because as of February 1, 2012 he will be seated as the ninth president of Suffolk University in Boston.

While this is great news for Suffolk, which will be gaining an effective and experienced university leader with a strong academic and administration background, we will greatly miss Jim’s talents and knowledge here at Baruch. He has been a close colleague and trusted advisor to me from the very start of my presidency, which began during a very difficult economic period. In fact, it was due, in part, to Jim’s hard work that the College was able to weather the storm, moving agilely to reduce costs and grow revenue and thereby stabilize its operating budget while avoiding harm to our academic quality and student services. We have also benefited greatly from Provost McCarthy’s leadership in our efforts to expand online teaching and learning and in developing our new strategic plan. Jim also played a pivotal role in Baruch’s highly successful Middle States re-accreditation. For these and many other reasons, I am highly confident that Jim McCarthy will achieve great success as president of Suffolk University.

We are rapidly gearing up to initiate the search process to identify a new Provost for Baruch College. Of paramount importance to me will be the recruitment of an individual who possesses a strong mix of academic and administrative experience — someone who will appreciate and enhance the unique legacy and mission of Baruch College. The next Provost will work closely with me to position the College to take advantage of new opportunities, including the use of technology to enhance education, to improve and advance our academic programs, student services and support of faculty and staff.

During the interim period, I am confident that the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will carry on seamlessly after Jim McCarthy’s departure on January 31 — continuing its quality work under the leadership of Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Dennis Slavin and Associate Provost for Academic Administration Barbara Lawrence. I will announce shortly my appointee for Interim Provost of Baruch College while the search is underway.

For the moment, please join me in congratulating Jim McCarthy, thanking him for all of his many contributions to Baruch College, and wishing him well as he begins his presidency of Suffolk University.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein



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