Message From The President - Baruch College

10/20/14

To the Baruch College Community:

I am sad to report that Edward V. (Ned) Regan, president of Baruch College from 2000 to 2004, passed away this past Saturday. There will be a wake tomorrow (10/21) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st Street, in Manhattan.  A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday (10/22) at 10 a.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue at 38th Street.

Ned Regan’s tenure as president of Baruch College was marked by significant increases in the SAT scores of incoming freshmen, dramatically improved graduation rates, and a growth in the number of students choosing to study outside the business disciplines.  In addition, the College was recognized for having the most diverse student body in the nation each of those years. By far the most visible sign of change at Baruch was the opening of the game-changing Newman Vertical Campus in the fall of 2001; Regan worked tirelessly and audaciously to ensure that the building opened on time for students and faculty that year.

Under Regan, Baruch launched the innovative and popular Executives on Campus program, putting successful alumni and other friends of the College into classrooms and mentoring relationships with current students to share real-world professional wisdom.  In response to growing financial reporting scandals, he drew on a lifelong commitment to fiscal responsibility and integrity to push for the establishment of the Center for Financial Reporting, now the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity. Baruch’s School of Public Affairs became home to a US Census Bureau Research Data Center, and the campus launched the Baruch Performing Arts Center towards the latter part of his term.  Through it all, Ned Regan was a tireless and passionate advocate for the College and its mission–with the Chancellery, government officials, potential donors, students, indeed just about everyone with whom he came into contact.

Prior to his years at Baruch, Ned Regan was New York State comptroller from 1979 to 1993, during which time he served as the Republican Party’s highest-ranking state official.  Renowned for his fiscal competence, he soundly managed the state’s pension funds and oversaw hundreds of municipalities and state agencies.  After stepping down as comptroller, he served as president of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College for several years before coming to Baruch.  At the conclusion of his Baruch presidency, he taught classes on government at the School of Public Affairs and as a university professor at CUNY.  For more on Regan’s background, see the full New York Times obituary.

We send our deepest condolences to his wife Susan and to his entire family. Ned’s energy, integrity and dedication to the College will be missed.

With Regards,

Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College

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