Message From The President - Baruch College

March 15, 2012

To: The Baruch College Community

Dr. John Elliott has informed me that he plans to step down as Dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and retire from the faculty, effective July 31, 2012, after which time he will assume the deanship of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. John has assured me that he intends to work assiduously between now and July to create a smooth and seamless transition. I am also confident that the Zicklin associate deans and other administrative and academic leaders will partner with John Brenkman, the Interim Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs, to maintain the quality of the school’s academic programs and to keep its various initiatives on track and moving forward.   

Provost Brenkman will announce shortly the appointment of an Interim Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. We will, of course, initiate a national search for a new permanent dean, which will involve the assistance of an executive search firm. Of paramount importance in the search will be the identification and recruitment of an outstanding new leader who possesses an appropriate mix of academic and business experience, someone who can work closely with the Provost and me to position the Zicklin School to continue its upward trajectory and thereby further enhance the reputation (and rankings) of the School. We will be searching for someone who understands the dynamic forces at work in today’s globalized business world and who is capable of steering the future development of the Zicklin School so that our graduates continue to be well prepared and marketable.

As Dean Elliott retires from Baruch College and transitions to the University of Connecticut, we wish to thank him for his accomplishments during his tenure. The Zicklin School of Business has made great strides over the past decade and has improved its national rankings. The quality of our incoming students has improved and the percentage of undergraduates who successfully complete their degrees has increased. Significant new requirements in communications were added for our graduate programs in response to assessments of learning outcomes and input from the corporate community. John also oversaw a significant expansion of the School’s curriculum, which included the addition of the BBA in International Business, the MS in Entrepreneurship, and the MS in Financial Statement Analysis. The core of the MBA program was fully revised; approximately 100 new faculty members were hired; and the AACSB renewed our full accreditation. Also during John’s tenure, new endowed chairs were added in Real Estate and Banking; two new chairs were added in Entrepreneurship and Finance; and two departments were named: the Allen G. Aaronson Department of Marketing & International Business and the Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance.

I know that the members of the Baruch College community will join me in wishing John Elliott well as he moves on to new challenges and opportunities at UConn. We are grateful for the role that he has played in advancing the interests of the Zicklin School of Business, as well as those of Baruch College more generally; he has helped to turn the Zicklin School into a nationally recognized leader in quality, access and value in business education from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. We will organize an appropriate occasion later in the semester when the College community can thank John Elliott for his ten years of service.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College



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