Message From The President - Baruch College

March 14, 2012

TO: The Baruch College Community

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Mona Jha to the position of Affirmative Action Officer, on an interim basis, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Carmen Pedrogo. Ms. Jha will take up her new responsibilities on Monday, March 19.

Reporting directly to me, the Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for overseeing the collection and analysis of data on the hiring of under-represented populations; monitoring and reviewing affirmative action policy, compliance and procedures; submitting written reports to the President and other College officials; providing counseling and information on affirmative action issues; serving as liaison between the College community and campus interest groups; and working with deans, chairs, and directors of administrative units in the development of innovative recruitment efforts designed to identify minority candidates.

Ms. Jha brings considerable skills and experience to this important position. She earned a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD with distinction from Hofstra University School of Law. She has served as an assistant Attorney General in the Office of the State Attorney General, where she defended New York agencies and employees in employment discrimination and other cases brought in state and federal courts. We are pleased to welcome her to Baruch College.

I consider it highly important to have someone with strong skills and experience to fill this position on an interim basis while we consider some possible changes in the way that the College supports and administers the Affirmative Action function. Once these matters have been resolved, we will launch a search to fill this role on a permanent basis.

Please feel free to reach out to Chief of Staff Mary Gorman with any questions or concerns.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College

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