Baruch College Hosts 22nd Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

Event on April 27 honors business and financial leaders' contributions to New York City

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New York, NY April 26, 2011 -- Baruch College will welcome friends, colleagues, alumni and students to its 22nd annual Bernard Baruch Dinner on Wednesday, April 27, at Gotham Hall. Baruch College, a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, is ranked in the top 15% of U.S. colleges by The Princeton Review and ranked 25 in overall regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. The College is also regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse in the country.

This year for the first time, Baruch is honoring a distinguished faculty member along with a prominent former alumnus. Professor Terrence Martell, the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, will receive Baruch College’s first Distinguished Faculty Award and Howard Smith, a director and vice chairman for finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and a director of the Starr International Company, Inc., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“Our honorees embody the characteristics that we seek to instill in today’s students: academic excellence; a commitment to hard work with the potential for great personal and career success; and a willingness to give back to one’s community,” said Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein.

As the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, Dr. Terrence F. Martell oversees a myriad of international programs and projects. He teaches and conducts research in his area of expertise, international commodity markets. He is chair of the Baruch Faculty Senate and vice chair of the University Faculty Senate. He serves on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committees on Fiscal Affairs, Investments and Audits and is a director, and serves on the audit committee, of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is listed on the NYSE. He is also Vice Chair of ICE Futures U.S., the domestic regulated futures exchange of ICE. Dr. Martell serves as a board member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber. He received his BA in Economics from Iona College and his PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Howard Smith is a director and vice chairman, finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and a director of Starr International Company, Inc. He was previously a director, vice chairman, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of American International Group, Inc. through March, 2005 where he was responsible for AIG’s Treasury, Investor Relations, Credit & Market Risk Management functions, in addition to the Comptroller’s Department. Prior to joining AIG, he spent 19 years with Coopers & Lybrand and was the partner in charge of the firm’s New York office insurance practice. Smith earned his BBA in accounting from Baruch College in 1965 and was one of the North American representatives on the Insurance Working Group of the International Accounting Standards Board. He is the chairman of the advisory council of the Weissman Center for International Business of Baruch College and previously was a Trustee at Hofstra University.

Contact:      Ed Pachetti,

                   Baruch College

                   646-660-6135

                   Ed.Pachetti@baruch.cuny.edu