Message From The President - Baruch College

July 15, 2013

Welcome Provost David P. Christy

To the Baruch College Community:

I am pleased to welcome Dr. David P. Christy to Baruch College as he begins his tenure today as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. I have been looking forward to Dave’s arrival since he agreed to become Provost this past spring—after an extensive national search that included open meetings with Baruch’s faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Christy’s experience as a business educator, researcher and academic leader are ideally suited to Baruch’s current needs and aspirations. Most recently, he served as dean of the Orfalea College of Business at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  Dave knows the peculiarities and demands of a leadership role at a public college; the challenges we face as a partially state-supported institution; and the opportunities before us as we pursue our aspiration “to be a global leader in public urban education, ranked among the top public colleges in the United States,” to quote our new Strategic Plan 2013-2018.

Dave Christy’s comprehensive educational and professional background equips him to hit the ground running here at Baruch. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration and a M.Ed. in science education from the University of Georgia. His undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry was earned at the University of Dayton. His background in education in the arts and sciences means that that he will be sensitive to the needs of the entirety of Baruch as an institution. In addition to his duties as Provost, Dr. Christy has also been appointed a tenured professor in the Department of Management of the Zicklin School of Business.

I am confident that Provost Christy will fit seamlessly into Baruch and that he will play a key leadership role in the implementation of our strategic plan, which was recently advanced by the action of the CUNY Board of Trustees approving a joint Baruch/ Graduate Center Ph.D. in Business and by the successful completion of our $150 Million Baruch Means Business campaign. Dave also joins us as we begin the search for the new Willem Kooyker ’71 Dean of the Zicklin School of Business, a recently endowed position; and he will oversee this process.

I would also like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to Professor John Brenkman, who embraced and excelled in the role of Interim Provost since February 2012. When I asked John to step in, after the sudden departure of former Provost Jim McCarthy, he was immediately faced with several pressing, complicated and extremely difficult issues, and he handled each with dexterity and aplomb—and above all, with extraordinary and consistent wisdom.  I respect John’s decision to return to the life of the mind, and I am delighted that, after a well-deserved leave (beginning in the spring of 2014), he will return to the Baruch faculty.  As John resumes his position this fall as a professor of English in the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, he has earned the enduring gratitude and admiration of the entire Baruch College community.

Our convocation for Fall 2013 is scheduled to take place on August 27.  I hope that many of you will join us as Provost Christy addresses our incoming first-year students for the first time. And please join me in welcoming Provost Dave Christy and thanking Professor John Brenkman for all he has done for Baruch and its students.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College



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