March 23, 2012
I am pleased to announce that Katharine T. Cobb will join Baruch College as Vice President for Administration and Finance, effective May 29th. During the search process, she stood out in a strong, national pool of applicants. Both the Search Committee and others with whom she interacted were impressed with her skills and experience, which they felt were a great match to Baruch’s needs. Given that Kathy will be coming to us from Queens College, where she has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration since 2007, her familiarity with the CUNY system will be a great advantage and will help her transition seamlessly into this key position.
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.
The Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) plays a vitally important role in the operation of both the College and the Baruch College Fund. As such, the VPAF is the institution’s chief financial officer, and one of the key advisors to the President. Kathy will be responsible for the planning and day-to-day management of the financial and administrative operations at Baruch, including budget, facilities, public safety, and human resources. In addition, she will support the Baruch College Fund and work with its Committee on Budget and Finance as well as its Investments Committee.
While we await Kathy’s arrival at the end of May, Mary Finnen will continue to serve as interim VP for Administration and Finance. Mary has executed this role with great skill and good humor. The entire Baruch College Community owes her our thanks and appreciation for her hard work and devoted service. She will return to her role as AVP for Finance upon Kathy Cobb’s arrival. I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work done by Arthur Downing (Chair) and the other members of the Search Committee who identified such a strong pool of candidates from which Katharine Cobb was selected.
We are delighted to welcome Kathy Cobb to the Baruch College community, and I and the other members of the Cabinet look forward to working collaboratively with her for many years to come.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
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