President Mitchel B. Wallerstein


Mitchel Wallerstein

Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein became the President of Baruch College of the City University of New York on August 2, 2010. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Wallerstein was the Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University from 2003-2010, where he also held an appointment as a tenured professor of political science and public administration. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Dr. Wallerstein was Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, which is one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations. From 1998-2003, he directed the Foundation’s international grant making program, known as the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, which makes more than $85 million in grants each year throughout the world in the areas of international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, and issues related to globalization.

Dr. Wallerstein was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-proliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy. During his five-year tenure in the Department of Defense, he dealt with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation issues, and he helped to found and subsequently co-chaired the Senior Defense Group on Proliferation at NATO. In January 1997, Secretary of Defense William J. Perry awarded Dr. Wallerstein the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and he subsequently received the Bronze Palm to that award in April 1998 from Secretary William Cohen. Prior to his government service, Dr. Wallerstein was the Deputy Executive Officer of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.  While at the NRC, he directed a series of highly acclaimed studies on issues pertaining to science, technology and national security.

In addition to his seven years on the faculty of Syracuse, Dr. Wallerstein’s academic career has included five years on the faculty at M.I.T., as well as an earlier tenure track appointment in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He taught on an adjunct basis in Washington, DC at the Elliott School of George Washington University; the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Immediately prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation in 1998, Dr. Wallerstein was a Distinguished Research Professor at the National Defense University in Washington. He is the past president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Dr. Wallerstein is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In 2006, he also was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Wallerstein is the author of numerous books, articles, monographs and research studies. His most recent (co-authored) book deals with strategies for combating terrorism. He also recently published an article in the prestigious and widely-read journal, Foreign Affairs. President Wallerstein holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in political science from M.I.T., a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He is a native New Yorker, who is married with two grown children, one of whom also resides in New York City.

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