Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein became the President of Baruch College in August 2010. Baruch is home to three well-regarded schools—the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs—and is the leading senior college in The City University of New York system, based on its overall academic quality and the credentials of its students. It educates one of the most diverse student populations in the United States with a total enrollment, undergraduate and graduate, of more than 18,000.

Since arriving at Baruch, Dr. Wallerstein has worked to ensure the College’s financial health and future, prioritized the recruitment of top faculty, and improved the academic quality and caliber of students who enroll at Baruch. He has also launched a number of competitive academic programs, including new master’s programs in international affairs, arts administration, and mental health counseling, as well as an undergraduate majors in international business and financial mathematics, which builds on Baruch’s internationally renowned Master of Financial Engineering program.

Dr. Wallerstein’s professional expertise focuses on national security and public policy and is the author of numerous books, articles, monographs, and studies on counterterrorism and weapons proliferation. He published most recently on North Korea’s nuclear threat in the Washington Quarterly and the Washington Post. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Wallerstein was dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where he was a tenured professor of political science and public administration. Prior to that, starting in 1998 he served as vice president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he directed the international grant-making program known as the Program on Global Security and Sustainability.

In 1993, President William Clinton appointed Dr. Wallerstein deputy assistant secretary of defense for Counter-proliferation Policy and senior defense representative for Trade Security Policy. During five years at the Department of Defense, he dealt with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation, as well as national security export controls. Dr. Wallerstein helped found and subsequently co-chaired the Senior Defense Group on Proliferation at NATO. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1997 and the Bronze Palm to that award in 1998.

Mitchel Wallerstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and he is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A native New Yorker, President Wallerstein holds PhD and MS degrees in political science from MIT, a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

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