September 3, 2013
Welcome Back to Campus
Welcome back to Baruch for the 2013-2014 academic year! Of course, I know that many of you were not away at all, as many faculty members taught summer classes and pursued their research, while the Baruch staff continued to keep the campus humming.
As always, we used the summer to make necessary repairs and perform routine maintenance. Two of the most visible tasks were the repair of elevators and the continued development of the Interim Plaza on 25th St. This fall, you will find more plantings and more tables and chairs on the Plaza, and we hope you will have an opportunity to enjoy this new outdoor campus amenity in the upcoming semester. Also, our bookstore in the Newman Vertical Campus, which is now managed by Barnes & Noble, has been completely renovated; and you will now find within it a full service Starbucks café with re-opened doors to Lexington Avenue and the Interim Plaza.
We are pleased by the success of our efforts to date in implementing our Strategic Plan 2013-2018, including the new “cross border” teams that have been established to bring together people from different parts of the College who are working on the same issues. We have also introduced enhanced staff training, designed to encourage and facilitate better communication between and within schools and departments, as well as better customer service.
You will soon be receiving a message from our new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. David Christy, regarding new academic programs, new faculty, and the status of the search for the new Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. Dave arrived in mid-July, and he has truly hit the ground running. I am excited about the many contributions that he will make in helping us to continue our climb into the top ranks of American public colleges. And our climb will be further aided by the arrival at Baruch of 59 new tenure track faculty—the largest single year of hiring in the College’s history!
This fall we will mark the 15th anniversary of the naming of the Baruch School of Business in honor of the Zicklin family, as well as the 15th anniversary of the naming of the School of Arts and Sciences in honor of George and Mildred Weissman. In addition, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. And next spring, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the School of Public Affairs.
Successful Completion of the College’s Fundraising Campaign
During the summer, we officially celebrated the successful conclusion of our $150 million Baruch Means Business fundraising campaign, which was not only completed on time but also came in $7 million over target.
As you undoubtedly know, we are entering the homestretch for the election of the next New York City Mayor, Comptroller and other local offices. Though not a presidential election, it is one that we should all pay attention to and participate in, especially given that Baruch derives some of its resources from the City budget.
Friday office hours
Finally, on a personal note, as I begin my fourth year as Baruch College president, I will be continuing my practice of holding office hours on Fridays during each semester. These are available, by appointment, to any member of the Baruch community. I also will continue hosting “Lunch with the President” events for students twice each semester; these are open to any enrolled student on a sign-up basis.
I look forward to greeting everyone in the coming weeks, and I offer my best wishes for another productive and successful year of teaching, research, and learning.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
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