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Mitchel B. Wallerstein

MitchelWallersteinDr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein became the seventh president of Baruch College in August 2010. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Wallerstein was the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University from 2003-2010, where he also held an appointment as a tenured professor of political science and public administration.

Dr. Wallerstein, is available to comment on:

  • The current state of Public Higher Education and its likely future
  • Building program excellence and maintaining standards in the face of reduced public support
  • Improving administrative efficiency and impact in a public institution
  • Educating low-income students successfully
  • Creating outdoor space for urban institutions

Baruch College was recently ranked as one of the five most affordable and accessible institutions with high graduation rates and was commended by The Education Trust for fully serving the needs of low-income students. Baruch College’s commitment to providing access to quality education was recognized in the report titled "Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students."  Of the five schools doing a good job educating our nation’s at-risk students, Baruch College has the highest graduation rate (60.3%) and highest Pell enrollment (44%). Baruch College is also recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report and Forbes magazine for its academic quality, strong diversity and affordability. The Princeton Review ranks Baruch College in the top 15% of U.S. Schools. Its Financial Engineering program is ranked #5 in North America by QuantNet.

Mitchel Wallerstein was appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy, and he served in that capacity from 1993 – 1997. Following his service in the Pentagon, Dr. Wallerstein was appointed as Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he directed the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, making more than $85 million in grants each year throughout the world in the areas of international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, human rights and issues related to globalization.

Dr. Wallerstein is the author of numerous books, articles, monographs and research studies. His most recent (co-authored) book, Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches, (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008), deals with strategies for combating terrorism. He also recently published an article in the prestigious and widely-read journal, Foreign Affairs, entitled: “Losing Controls:  How U.S. Export Restrictions Jeopardize National Security and Harm Competitiveness,” Foreign Affairs, November-December 2009). He also recently co-chaired a select study committee at the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, which issued a report entitled: Export Control Challenges Associated with Securing the Homeland, Washington, DC: The National Academy Press, 2012.

Dr. Wallerstein holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in political science from M.I.T., a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Read full biography.


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