Lubin School of Business
Annual Spring Banquet

Pace University  |  One Pace Plaza  |  New York, NY  | 10038  | Directions

 

 

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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.

 




 

Lubin Spring Banquet

Monday, March 30th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Eddie Layton Student Union

Pace University

One Pace Plaza

New York, NY 10038

 

Pace University - Lubin Spring Banquet