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The Ethical Dangers of Politically Motivated Philanthropy in Higher Education

February 5, 2019 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am EST

About the Program:

The Marxe Issues Public Policy Breakfast series is sponsored by the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. It brings together a diverse panel of experts to discuss timely public policy issues that affecting the public interest. The program series is targeted at local community, private sector and non-profit leaders as well as the general Baruch and CUNY community interested in public policy issues.

The February 5th Marxe Issues program, co-sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at the Zicklin School of Busienss, will focus on why universities and colleges must carefully monitor their donor base to avoid politically or ideologically driven philanthropy from seeking unethical influence on college campuses. The panelists will address this issue sighting recent cases and the steps taken to introduce new policies and philanthropic strategies. This panel of experts includes two officials from George Mason University, the institution exposed in national press headlines for being influenced by politically motivated donors.

Moderator: DAVID S. BIRDSELL, Marxe Dean, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College; Past President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)


JAMES H. FINKELSTEIN, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Schar School of Policy and Government; founding Vice Dean of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University

MICHAEL SELTZER, Distinguished Lecturer, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College; Former President, Philanthropy New York

JUDITH A. WILDE, Chief Operating Officer and Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University; former Vice President for Recognition of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Sponsored by:

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is New York City’s only public graduate school dedicated to public affairs. Since 1994, we have offered undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in public policy and administration, and Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA). In the fall of 2017 we launched a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree program. We draw upon one of the largest public affairs faculty in the nation, and we apply an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and professional development.


7:30 am – Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am – Welcome & Presentation

9:30 am – Audience Q & A


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:




February 5, 2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am EST


Baruch College’s Newman Library Conference Center, Room 750
151 E 25 St (Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues), Room 750
New York, NY 10010 United States


Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity