Joseph R. Baczko, Dean of
Pace University’s Lubin School of Business
Joseph R. Baczko is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin
School of Business. He assumed this position on July 1, 2005.
Prior to becoming Lubin’s top administrator, Mr. Baczko
held senior management and leadership positions with a number
of very dynamic, high growth public companies operating domestically,
as well as in the international sector.
Prior to becoming Dean, Mr. Baczko advised private equity firms
on international acquisitions in areas of consumer services and
specialty retailing. From 1997 to 2001, he was Chairman and CEO
of Frank's Nursery & Crafts, a specialty retailer acquired
in a leveraged buy-out which he led. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Baczko
was a private investor associated with the Cypress Group, LLC,
a major private equity firm, and the lead investor in Frank's
Nursery & Crafts. As President and COO of Blockbuster Entertainment
from 1991-1993, Mr. Baczko helped lead that company to significant
growth in the US and internationally, and market leadership worldwide
through the expansion of company-owned operations, acquisitions
and franchising. Mr. Baczko was the founding President of Toys
R Us-International, and led that company's successful global expansion
from 1983 to 1990. He established major retail operations in Canada,
France, Germany, UK, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
and Japan. The growth of Toys R Us-International became a textbook
case for successful global expansion in specialty retailing. From
1979 to 1983, as CEO of Max Factor-Europe, Mr. Baczko directed
that company's UK- based manufacturing and marketing operations
throughout Europe, and developed a network of joint ventures in
the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and South Asia. Prior to 1979,
Mr. Baczko held various management positions with W.R. Grace and
in merchant banking.
In addition to his business career, Mr. Baczko has had significant
involvement in academia. He was Chairman of the Board of Visitors
for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a
position he held for nine years, and during which time he worked
closely with its Dean in enhancing the School's mission and capabilities.
He was member of the University's Board of Regents for eight years,
the last two of which were as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Baczko was an
active member of the University's Capital Campaign Steering Committee,
which oversaw the University’s successful $1 billion campaign.
Mr. Baczko is Hungarian, born in Germany, raised in France, and
immigrated to the States in the fifties. He graduated from Georgetown
University’s School of Foreign Service with a BSFS, and
received an MBA from Harvard University. Mr. Baczko was an officer
in the US Marine Corps, and served in Vietnam. He and his wife,
who have three grown children, reside in New York City.