Noted and Quoted

TEAMWORK Among the outstanding teams of professors and students who represent the spectrum of graduate education at the University are the following: at right in photo left, Sanjoy Banerjee, City College distinguished professor of chemical engineering, explores the boundaries of battery technology with Lorraine Leon (Ph.D. 2010) and senior and Ph.D. applicant Jude Phillip. In photo right, poet and distinguished professor Kimiko Hahn, center, has worked with novelist La Forrest Cope (2009) and memoirist John McLaughlin (2010) in Queens College M.F.A. program. Their stories and those of many other outstanding students and faculty are featured this fall on and other venues.

Baruch Interim President Named

Stan Altman

Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron has stepped down after five years of service to become a University professor and Stan Altman has been named interim president by the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, on the recommendation of the chancellor. Altman served with distinction as dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College from 1999 to 2005 and has continued to serve as a professor at the school. "Interim President Altman has extensive academic and administrative experience in higher education and we are fortunate that he is available to serve the college in this interim capacity," Chancellor Goldstein said. A national search for a permanent president is under way, the chancellor noted, adding, "We are grateful to Dr. Waldron for her presidential service during the past five years and join with all members of the Baruch College community in expressing our very best wishes."

Presidential Honors

College of Staten Island President Tomás D. Morales was one of eight members appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the Panel for Educational Policy, which was re-established when Gov. David A. Paterson signed the New York City school governance legislation into law Aug. 11. In July, President Morales received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), a longtime CSI study-abroad partner, at ACT's commencement in Greece. Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernandez was to travel in late August to Sungshin Women's University in Seoul, South Korea - which has a dual degree program with Lehman - to receive an honorary degree in late August. Medgar Evers College President William L. Pollard was featured by the Daily News in a Spotlight on Great People column that detailed the new president's rise from humble beginnings to the heights of academia.

Pride of New York

America's newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, the first Latina to sit on the high court, celebrated her elevation with her mother and brother at her ceremonial induction on Aug. 8, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Following the ceremony, they proudly displayed a commemorative "Pride of New York" poster created by CUNY's Office of University Relations in honor of their family's achievements. The justice's mother, Celina Sotomayor, left, was a widow with two young children when she began evening studies at Hostos Community College. She received her degree in nursing in 1973, a year after her daughter graduated from a Bronx high school. The justice's brother, Juan Sotomayor, center, who graduated from the prestigious Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College in 1979, is an assistant professor of medicine at University Hospital in Syracuse, a clinical researcher and a physician who specializes in allergy, asthma and immunology pediatric care.



Business Leaders Praise CUNY's Key Role In Developing Top Workforce Talent

In this global recession, how do you create jobs today that will help New Yorkers compete in the economy of tomorrow? It's as easy as business + government + universities.

This seemingly simple equation was the focus of "New York's Human Capital: The Next Generation," a summer conference held at Baruch College and organized by the Center for an Urban Future and the Community Service Society.

The panel discussion, moderated by Greg David, editorial director of Crain's New York Business, explored the current and future workplace needs of the city's employers and how policymakers, educational institutions and the business community are addressing the challenges. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein gave the keynote address.

The panelists - Cristóbal Conde, president and CEO of SunGard; Colvin Grannum, president and CEO of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.; Tim Nitti, principal of KLG Advisers, Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Frank Sciame, CEO of the construction company that bears his name; and Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of Partnership for New York City - agreed that for New York City to remain the intellectual capital of the world, higher education must continue to play a leading role.

"I went to City College and have had a chance to witness firsthand what Matt Goldstein did for the University," Sciame said. "And when you see the students that come from all over the world and the talent, it is so important to this town, because the future leaders are there, the Rhodes Scholars are back there, they're at CUNY."

The impact of universities like CUNY, Nitti said, goes far beyond the classroom. "Increasingly, employers are positioning themselves in locales to leverage the university and college systems that are natural feeders. …"

"I want to applaud Dr. Goldstein's presentation, because I thought it was superb," Pardes said, "and what we have got to do is capitalize on the youth across the board, all the talent we can get, and provide them with education. We need them as nurses, pharmacists, technicians, doctors."

Wylde held CUNY up as a role model, praising the "phenomenal job" Goldstein has done in "the transformation of the CUNY system." Citing the aggressive part that community colleges play in workforce development in other states, she said that CUNY is on the fast track to take a more active role in creating employee pools. "That's one area I know he's working on now, and I hope it will be one in which we will have no peers."

When asked what the city could do to stimulate job creation, the panelists offered a variety of ideas that ranged from improving the infrastructure to providing affordable housing for middle-class workers.

As for CUNY, "It's doing everything it should do," Sciame summed up.