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February 2, 2011
Vice Provost for Global Strategies
I am pleased to announce that Dean Jeffrey Peck will be taking on additional duties as Vice Provost for Global Strategies, reflecting a new set of responsibilities in coordinating and developing global efforts at the College. In addition to his continuing role as Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Peck will help shape a global strategy for Baruch — an approach that builds on our status as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.
Jeff Peck is uniquely qualified to take on this role with a career-long commitment to and involvement in international activities. After receiving his PhD in comparative literature at UC Berkeley, he taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was actively involved in building international programs. He has studied in Germany, France and Spain, and taught at universities in the U.S., Canada, and Germany, including teaching classes on globalization and cultural identities. Dr. Peck has been actively involved with several international organizations, including the Fulbright Program, the Institute of International Education, and the German Academic Exchange Service.
Of course, this will not be the College’s first foray into the international academic world. This new initiative will leverage— and complement— the pioneering work that Professor Terry Martell and the staff of the Weissman Center for International Business are doing. Terry has worked tirelessly to establish Baruch College’s international engagement and study abroad opportunities, and his work and that of the Weissman Center will continue unchanged. Going forward, the Weissman Center will partner with Vice Provost Peck to engage in a broader globalization effort. Indeed, the Weissman Center will be a vitally important resource as Dr. Peck works to:
As mentioned in the recent budget communication, our near-term plans include an effort to increase revenue by attracting more international students, as well as expanding our international executive programs. This is an example of our commitment to pursue sound restructuring to meet our difficult budgetary challenges. We are confident that Jeff Peck is the person to lead this effort. In fact, he has already demonstrated his commitment by making it a condition of his acceptance of the second appointment that the new title and role carry no additional compensation. Since becoming dean of the Weissman School in 2009, Dean Peck has demonstrated a spirit of dedication, innovation and commitment to the advancement of Baruch College.
I urge all of you with ideas for how Baruch can take advantage of global opportunities and our location in one of the leading global cities of the world to engage Vice Provost Peck in the coming months.