Joseph R. Baczko Named Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

Pace University has appointed Joseph R. Baczko, former president of Blockbuster Entertainment and Toys “R” Us International and chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, as dean of its business school, effective July 1, 2005.

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Pace University’s Lubin School of Business Names Joseph R. Baczko Dean

New York, NY, May 25, 2005 – Pace University has appointed Joseph R. Baczko, former president of Blockbuster Entertainment and Toys “R” Us International and chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, as dean of its business school, effective July 1, 2005.

A private equity consultant and former CEO and COO of major domestic and international companies, Baczko has been involved with higher education administration and fund raising during eight years as a member and vice chair of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University, nine years as chair of the Board of Visitors for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and a member of the steering committee of the University’s Capital Campaign and vice chair of its Washington Capital Campaign.

Baczko (pronounced “BASS-co”), a Hungarian who was born in Germany, raised in France, and is a U.S. citizen, earned his BS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and was assistant director of admissions there before serving as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He then earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

In a career of guiding organizations to market share leadership and significant profitability, he has been chair and CEO of Frank’s Nursery and Crafts, Inc. from 1997 to 2001; president and COO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation from 1991 to 1993, a period when it doubled its size and operated more than 3,000 stores worldwide; founder and president of the International Division of Toys “R” Us, Inc. from 1983 to 1990, for which he opened subsidiaries and joint ventures in 11 countries; and CEO of Max Factor (Europe) from 1979 to 1983. He currently is a consultant to private equity firms on acquisitions in the consumer products, specialty retailing and consumer services sectors.

In making the announcement, Pace president David A. Caputo, Ph.D., said “Joseph Baczko is the right person at the right time for Lubin. His familiarity with the needs of businesses and students at all levels, matched with his drive and international experience, will provide superb leadership as Lubin begins its second century of preparing students to advance our global economy and their own careers.”

Said Baczko: “I am thrilled to assume the leadership of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and look forward to working with its distinguished faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we build on its 100 years legacy of high quality business education. I hope that my extensive international business experience and long standing involvement in academia will contribute to the development of competitive educational programs to prepare today’s students for positions of leadership in an increasingly complex global business environment.”

Baczko replaces Arthur L. Centonze, who will be stepping down as dean after 15 years in the position on June 30th, and returning after a year’s sabbatical to teach economics. Under Centonze’s leadership, the Lubin School grew in quality and reputation, achieving AACSB International accreditation and national recognition of both its graduate and undergraduate programs in U.S.News & World Report and other media. The part-time MBA in particular has been consistently ranked within the top 20 in the nation. He also established innovative programs including a project based executive MBA program, a cohort based executive doctoral program, an undergraduate Leaders and Scholars Program and Student Managed Investment Portfolio, and an MS in Accounting at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

During his tenure, the School started two academic centers, the Center for the Study of Securities Markets and the Center for Global Finance, appointed eight endowed and distinguished professors, hired half of the current full-time faculty of 128, and built a new academic center on the University’s Pleasantville campus.

Approximately 5,100 students are enrolled at the Lubin School of Business in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in downtown and midtown New York City, and Pleasantville and White Plains in Westchester County. Prominent alumni include Daniel Davids, president of The History Channel; Melvin Karmazin, CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio; James Quinn, president of Tiffany & Co.; Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon; Marie Toulantis, CEO of Barnes&Noble.com; and Richard Zannino, CEO of Dow Jones & Company.
A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

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