New York University will celebrate the naming of the School of Education in honor of Michael and Judy Steinhardt at an academic convocation on Thursday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, at 40 Washington Square South. The convocation will also celebrate the school’s 110th anniversary. The Steinhardts’ $10 million gift, the largest in the school’s history, will create an endowment to support faculty development, doctoral fellowships and research for the School’s academic programs. The school will be named The Steinhardt School of Education.

Martin Lipton, chair of the NYU Board of Trustees, NYU President L. Jay Oliva, and Dr. Ann Marcus, dean of the School of Education, will host the celebration.

Mr. Lipton said: “Michael Steinhardt is passionate about philanthropy, devoting a substantial portion of his wealth to important causes around the world. His gift to the School of Education is one more example of a magnificent contribution to a worthy institution engaged in meaningful work.”

Dr. Oliva said: “Our New York University community is enormously proud that our School of Education will bear the name of Michael and Judy Steinhardt. Their generous gift will have enormous benefits for generations of students and scholars and for the diverse populations they serve. At a time when education is at the center of our efforts to advance as a nation and ensure a future for all our children, this gift helps NYU take a leadership role in these important endeavors.”

Dean Marcus said: “The Steinhardts are dedicated to supporting programs and initiatives that strengthen democratic society. They care deeply about human development and see it as central to our advancement as a culture. Their gift to our school will help us continue our 110-year legacy of improving the lives of people in our community through scholarly research and educating the next generation of professionals in education, nursing, health, media studies and the arts.”

About Michael and Judy Steinhardt

The Steinhardts’ philanthropy has supported projects to strengthen and foster Jewish education and identity, wildlife preservation and the arts. A former Wall Street financier, Mr. Steinhardt is a member of the NYU Board of Trustees, chairman of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University and a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Mrs. Steinhardt is a Trustee of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts and co-chair of the American Friends of Israel Museum. The Steinhardts are members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Visiting Committee to the department of Greek and Roman Art.

History of the NYU School of Education

Founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy, New York University’s School of Education was the first professional school established at an American university devoted to the study of teaching and learning and the preparation of educators.

Today, the School of Education prepares the next generations of leaders, practitioners and researchers in education, health, nursing, media studies and the arts. Faculty research develops new knowledge and understanding in these fields, leading to stronger institutions and more effective practice. The School has forged ties with local urban communities to improve the lives of children and adults. Nearly 7,000 students from around the world are enrolled in the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

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