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Zicklin Dean’s Message

Paquita Davis-Friday, Interim Zicklin Dean

April 2023 

Dear Zicklin Community,

Notwithstanding my college English survey course, T.S. Eliot had it wrong. April is not the cruelest but rather the kindest month, because it brought good news about our placement in the U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools 2024” ranking. Not only did our Full-Time MBA program rate #1 among public business schools in both New York City and New York State for the fifth year in a row, it also jumped 13 positions from last year, placing us in the top 50 nationwide at #49. Our Evening MBA program also ranked #1 for public business schools in New York City and New York State for the fifth consecutive year, as did our MBA in Accountancy program.   

We have news about our other graduate programs as well: Beginning in fall 2023, a concentration in fintech will be added to the MS in finance program.  

In other graduate news, this week we have 15 doctoral candidates visiting from institutions near (Rutgers), far (Simon Fraser in British Columbia, Canada), and in between (Purdue). They’re on campus as invited guests of the 2023 PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium. These scholars, all from underrepresented minority backgrounds, are here to present their original research on everything from public pensions and firm tax avoidance to the role of front-line employees in a self-service era. Thank you to all the Zicklin faculty who provided feedback on their work.  

Also on the graduate level, we have a signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, which is now a global partner. This is exciting, as Indian Institutes of Management are premier institutions of business education in India. There will be more on this partnership as it develops.  

On the undergraduate front, the Baruch Business Academy has signed an agreement with LaGuardia Community College, bringing the total number of partner community colleges to three. Students with an AS degree in business administration from BMCC, Queensborough, and now LaGuardia can take advantage of the Academy’s seamless transfer into the Zicklin School.  Also at the undergraduate level, we have expanded our Southwest University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) 3+1 BBA program from 80 to 110 students per cohort, beginning this fall.

Looking forward to sharing what blossoms next month! 

Paquita Davis-Friday 
Interim Dean, Zicklin School of Business  


March 2023 

Dear Zicklin Community,  

March came in like a lion and so did the Zicklin School’s research rankings.  

The University of Texas at Dallas has released its annual Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, and the Zicklin School of Business climbed seven spots to reach number 68 in North America. Based on calculating the number of faculty research publications in top business journals, the UT Dallas rankings are the most universally recognized rankings of business schools in the country. This list ranks our research higher than that produced by the business faculty at Fordham, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Florida International, and many others.  

This welcome news comes on the heels of an earlier ranking, in which Poets & Quants highlighted the Zicklin School’s MBA as one of seven programs with the largest increase in their MBA rankings. This year Zicklin’s MBA program rose 12 places on P&Q’s list from number 81 to number 69. In addition, the Association for Information Systems (AIS) has published its annual research rankings, and based on faculty publications in the top journals in their fields, the Zicklin School’s Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics has zoomed up the charts to place number 39 worldwide. This represents a climb of 18 positions from last year. 

In other news, last week saw the launch of both the Zicklin School’s Online MBA and the inaugural Baruch as a Climate Change Hub conference. The latter was a stellar interdisciplinary effort on the part of the Zicklin, Marxe, and Weissman Schools, expanding the breadth and the depth of our teaching and research. I spoke at the deans’ panel with Dr. Sherry Ryan of the Marxe School and Dr. Jessica Lang of the Weissman School, where I announced  the goal to launch a new climate certificate program, comprised of coursework from all three schools at the College.  

Also last week, Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs Sonali Hazarika and I attended the Financial Women’s Association’s 65th anniversary dinner. The evening was hosted by Zicklin alum Brianna Perez (BBA, ’19), now an assistant VP at Morgan Stanley. Awards were presented to Zicklin alum Jenny He (BBA, ’21), an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal, and current Zicklin student Amber Watts (BBA ’23), president of the Baruch chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and a KPMG intern last summer.  

And speaking of women, the Baruch Graduate Pride Society and the Zicklin MBA Club have invited me to speak next week at a Women’s History Month event on “challenging the patriarchy.” Looking forward to it!  

Until next month, 

Paquita Davis-Friday 
Interim Dean, Zicklin School of Business  

February 2023 

Dear Zicklin Community, 

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about the upcoming Baruch College Inaugural Conference on Climate Research, Teaching, and Collaboration, sponsored by the Zicklin School of Business. This all-day, interdisciplinary event takes place March 10 and features research from across the College. It was spearheaded by our colleague Lin Peng, Professor and Krell Chair of Finance, after she returned from Great Britain, where she’d been a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge.  

Several Zicklin School professors are presenting at the conference or moderating panels:   

Valerie Watnick, Professor and Chair of the Law Department, will speak on a panel in the morning, while Terrence Martell, Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director Emeritus of the Weissman Center for International Business, will moderate a panel discussion that includes Cynthia Thompson from the Loomba Department of Management, Yildiray Yildirim of the Newman Department of Real Estate, and Nizan Geslevich Packin of the Department of Law.  

In the afternoon, Jun Wang of the Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance will moderate an all-Zicklin panel featuring his Economics and Finance colleagues Leonard KostovetskyYao Shin, and doctoral student Joonsung Won; as well as Mehmet Ozbilgin of the Ross Department of Accountancy.  

Lin Peng will moderate the final panel discussion of the day, which highlights the voices of government and corporate partners from the NYC Comptroller’s OfficeColgate-Palmolive, and KPMG, as well as Zicklin alum Salome Makharadze (BBA, ’15), who works with alternative investments at Goldman Sachs 

For more information, please follow this link. The registration deadline is March 3. 

It promises to be a lively discussion on the timeliest of topics. I hope to see some of you there!  


Paquita Davis-Friday 
Interim Dean, Zicklin School of Business 

January 2023

Dear Zicklin Community, 

Welcome back to campus! For those who may not have met me yet, I’m Paquita Davis-Friday, and as of January 1, I am serving as Interim Dean of the Zicklin School. Marios Koufaris, Interim Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, joined the Zicklin leadership team the same day.  

Speaking of leadership, you probably know that Baruch College is conducting a national search for the new Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. Four finalists for that position will be visiting campus January 31 through February 10. I hope you can attend the four public forums to meet the candidates and ask questions; you can sign up here if you haven’t already done so. Here’s some more news from around campus:

On January 4, I joined five other academics (including a CUNY colleague from the Borough of Manhattan Community College) for an American Accounting Association panel discussion on how colleges can recruit more students to their accountancy programs to address a national shortage.

On January 10, Babak Somekh (Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance) participated in a lively Zicklin Talks Business webinar on the timely topic of how racism affects the performance of National Basketball Association athletes. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

On January 26, doctoral candidates Richard Lok-Si IeongYuqing YangLingyi KongBill QiaoFrank WonYanran LiLi MaYiqin ChenZhuolin LiYukun LiuChang-Shu Chung, and Mingyuan Kong presented their research at the annual Winter PhD Research Day in Finance. Finance Professor and Krell Chair Lin Peng was the faculty advisor; topics ranged from memes and market outcomes to the effect of mandatory ESG disclosures on a firm’s behavior.

The Online MBA team (Assistant Vice President Jenny Provo Quarles, Professor Matt Edwards, and Executive Director Helaine Korn) have been working closely with faculty, staff, and the leadership team toward a fall 2023 launch of our online MBA program. We have a strong group of faculty as part of the course design and development team. 

We are pleased to announce that our first three Baruch Business Academy undergraduate students are enrolled at the Zicklin School as of the spring semester. They are Federico Della MonicaThomas Fischer, and Julius Morris. Welcome to Zicklin!

Finally, The New York Times interviewed a number of Zicklin student-athletes for a front-page story on the Baruch Bearcats volleyball team. They are undergraduates Jack CentenoRyan Oommen, and Naoki Tani, as well as Zicklin alum Meni Musheyev.

Until next month, 

Paquita Davis-Friday 
Interim Dean, Zicklin School of Business

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