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Noted Scholar Is Authority on Demography and Reproductive Health Care

New York, NY, Dec. 14, 2006-- James McCarthy, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire, has been named Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Baruch College, The City University of New York. McCarthy will take up his duties at Baruch in the summer of 2007, pending confirmation by the CUNY Board of Trustees.

Announcing the appointment, Baruch President Kathleen Waldron said she was “immensely pleased by the appointment of Professor McCarthy, an eminent scholar as well as an outstanding administrator.” His selection follows a nationwide search.

A widely published authority on adolescent and reproductive health care and on demography, James McCarthy is the co-author, with Nancy Riley, of Demography in the Age of the Postmodern (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Prior to assuming the deanship at the University of New Hampshire, McCarthy taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Trinity College, Dublin.

A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, McCarthy earned an AB in sociology from the College of Holy Cross (1971), an MA in sociology from Indiana University (1972), and a PhD, also in sociology, from Princeton University (1977).

As Provost of Baruch College, McCarthy will be chief academic officer presiding over a student body of 15,500 and a full-time faculty of nearly 500. Serving under President Kathleen Waldron, Provost McCarthy will have primary responsibility for all academic programs as well as implementation of the College’s strategic goals.

James McCarthy comes to Baruch College following a long and distinguished academic career. At Columbia University, he was Heilbrunn Professor of Public Health and Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Population and Family Health (1988-2001). Prior to his appointment at Columbia, McCarthy was Director of the Johns Hopkins Population Center (1984-1988). He also spent several years as Visiting Academic at the Department of Community Health and General Practice, Trinity College, Dublin.

McCarthy has served on the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2004–present) and The Alan Guttmacher Institute (1999–present). Since 2004 McCarthy has been Chair of the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors.

About Baruch College
Baruch College has a more-than-150-year history of excellence in public higher education, with an emphasis on business. Baruch has been repeatedly named the most ethnically diverse college in the United States. Baruch students speak 110 languages and come from 120 countries. With nine applicants for every seat in the freshman class, Baruch is a top academic choice. Its “real world classroom” and diverse student body ensure that graduates head into the professional world with a thorough understanding of business and globalization.

A senior college within The City University of New York system, Baruch College offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study through its three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Affairs. The College also offers non-degree and certificate programs through its Division of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS).

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