Message From The President - Baruch College

October 7, 2015

Dean Birdsell Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share the exciting news that Dr. David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), an independent organization chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan advice to governments at the federal, state and local levels.

Dean Birdsell was chosen for this honor owing to his strong reputation, expertise, and national visibility. He is widely published on communication theory and practice and is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for local, national, and international television and print media. Possessing a keen ability to translate theory into practice, David also designed the Congressional Management Foundation’s communication training programs for the U.S. Congress; technology education programs for the Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries; and he has advised many nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and foundations on their communication and public service programs. His work has been supported by the Annenberg Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, the Clark Foundation, and the United Way of New York City, among other funders.

David has been a valued member of the Baruch College faculty since 1986, and he has served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) since 2006. The School has roughly doubled in size under his leadership, and has moved up steadily the U.S. News & World Report ranking of top schools of public affairs in the United States. At last week’s meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees, SPA’s new Master’s degree in International Affairs received final approval.

Dean Birdsell is one of three Baruch College faculty—along with Dr. John Goering, Professor of Public Affairs and Real Estate at the Zicklin School of Business, and myself—to be named as a NAPA Fellow. The Academy’s more than 800 Fellows include former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, business executives, and prominent scholars. This is a well-deserved honor for Dean Birdsell, and I am proud that the College is so well represented in the membership of the Academy.

Please join me in congratulating David Birdsell for his selection as a NAPA Fellow, and for his longstanding dedication and service to Baruch College.


Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College


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