Nancy Aries, PhD, Named Interim Dean at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
July 12, 2021
Baruch College announced that Nancy Aries, PhD, longtime faculty member and administrator at the institution and The City University of New York (CUNY), has been appointed Interim Dean of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
Dr. Aries, a Marxe School professor and member of the Baruch faculty since September 1981, accepted this one-year appointment through June 2022, following the announcement last month of the retirement of former Marxe School Dean David Birdsell. A national search for a permanent Marxe School Dean will begin shortly.
“President S. David Wu and I, as well as Baruch’s entire leadership team, look forward to working with Interim Dean Aries,” said Linda Essig, MFA, PhD, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Baruch College. “I am especially impressed by Nancy’s collaborative mindset and approach; many successes in interdisciplinary, cross-school, cross-college, and cross-university endeavors; and deep institutional knowledge and insight.”
Essig continued, “Together, we will embrace and advance the mission of the Marxe School and Baruch College as an engine of academic excellence, access, and student social mobility.”
“I am honored to be appointed as the Interim Dean of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs,” Dr. Aries said. “This is a critical moment in public affairs education, and the Marxe School is primed to address it. We educate the leaders society needs to successfully meet the challenges of equity and sustainability in a post COVID world. I look forward to working with the Marxe faculty, students and alumni whose work is at the nexus of public service and policy in New York City and around the world.”
Four Decades of Excellence, Insight, and Experience
Interim Dean Aries brings a wealth of academic, scholarly, and administrative experience to this position. She was CUNY’s interim university dean for undergraduate education and the Marxe School’s executive director of academic programs and director of the Higher Education Program.
Dr. Aries was also chair of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business’s then Department of Health Care Administration and director of its Graduate Programs in Health Care Administration. As director of the Baruch Honors Program, she organized Creative Inquiry Day, the College’s annual celebration of student research and creative endeavors.
Dr. Aries’s scholarship sits at the intersection of public policy formation and implementation effectiveness. She has also studied women’s reproductive health policies and programs and healthcare workforce diversity, and her work on the economic impact of biomedical research resulted in appointment to the Mayor’s Task Force on Biomedical Research.
In 2021, Dr. Aries received the City & State award as one of the “50 Over 50 Most Distinguished Public Servants.” Additional honors include Baruch Presidential Awards for Distinguished Service and Distinguished Teaching, the Honors Student Teaching Award. She holds a BA in urban studies from the University of Michigan and a PhD in social policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.