Mitchel B. Wallerstein

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Mitchel Wallerstein
President of Baruch College
Assumed office
2 August 2010
Preceded by Stan Altman
Dean of Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
In office
July 2003 – 2010
Preceded by John L. Palmer
Succeeded by James Steinberg
Personal details
Born New York City
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
Dartmouth College

Mitchel Wallerstein is an American political scientist, former senior official in the U.S. government and the current President of Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York. From 2003 to 2010, he served as dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Early life[edit]

Born in New York City, Wallerstein received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1971. In 1972, he followed with a Master's degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He received a Master's (1976) and PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.

For the next five years, he worked as an assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross and MIT. From 1983 to 1993, he worked at the National Academy of Sciences, holding progressively more senior positions, including deputy executive officer of the National Research Council. Also while at the National Research Council, Wallerstein directed a series of highly acclaimed studies on scientific communication, technology transfer and national security.


From 1993 to 1997, he served as the first presidential appointee as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and was simultaneously the Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy. While at the Department of Defense, Wallerstein helped to found and co-chaired NATO's Senior Defense Group on Proliferation. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in January 1997, and was given the Bronze Palm to that award in April 1998. During his time in Washington, DC, he also served as an adjunct professor at the Program on Science, Technology and Policy at the George Washington University, the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Wallerstein was named a Distinguished Research Professor at the National Defense University in November 1997.

In 1998, Wallerstein joined the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as Vice President for the Program on Global Security and Sustainability. In this capacity, he directed the Foundation's international grant-making in 86 countries around the world. The Program made $75 million in grants each year focusing on international peace and security, population and reproductive health, biodiversity and sustainable development, human rights and the impacts of globalization.

In July 2003, Mitchel Wallerstein became 8th dean of the Maxwell School since the school's founding in 1924. Wallerstein pushed for expanded internationalization of the school's programs and relationships with other elite schools of public affairs around the world; he secured an endowment for the School's Institute of Global Affairs in honor of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was twice a member of the Maxwell School faculty; and he initiated new academic programs in security studies (which included the establishment of the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism), and supported new programs in public diplomacy, and history and documentary filmmaking. He also raised a significant amount of new endowment funding for new Chairs and other programmatic support for the Maxwell School.

Dr. Wallerstein began his tenure as President of Baruch College on August 2, 2010.[1] In this capacity, he successfully concluded the Baruch Means Business fundraising campaign, reestablished the endowment of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences and created the first outdoor public space (a plaza created by closing a city street) in the College's history. He also led an initiative to expand the College's graduate programs, including new Master's degree in International Affairs and Arts Administration.

Mitchel Wallerstein was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1989, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (2006) and the American Association of the Advancement of Science (2015).


  1. ^ "Maxwell School Dean Mitchel B. Wallerstein Named President of Baruch College" CUNY Newswire, March 1, 2010.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Stan Altman
President of Baruch College
Succeeded by