8th Annual Tisch Award Dinner is Thurs., Sept. 29 at Marriott Marquis Hotel

NEW YORK September 26, 2005 – David J. Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, and Michael J. Stengel, general manager of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, will be honored with the 2005 Preston Robert Tisch Distinguished Industry Leadership Award.

In addition, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to make an official presentation to recognize Preston Robert Tisch for his service to the city of New York and to the hospitality, tourism and sports industries.

The awards dinner, to be held Thursday, September 29 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, is hosted by New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, a division of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for Tisch Center undergraduate and graduate students.

“We chose to honor David Stern and Michael Stengel because of their tremendous contributions to the sports business and hospitality industries. Their dedication to the community and higher education represents the qualities and attributes that the Tisch Center expects from our students,” said Lalia Rach, associate dean, NYU Tisch Center, and HVS International Chair.

The Preston Robert Tisch Award for Distinguished Industry Leadership honors hospitality, tourism or sports business individuals who have demonstrated through their accomplishments a commitment to excellence as recognized by those who work in and are served by the industry. Preston Robert Tisch received the inaugural award. Last year’s honoree was Woody Johnson, chairman and CEO, New York Jets. Previous recipients included: Henry R. Silverman, president and CEO, Cendant Corporation; J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; Barry S. Sternlicht, chairman and CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Laurence S. Geller, CEO, Strategic Hotel Capital, L.L.C.; and Steve Bollenbach, president and CEO, Hilton Hotels.

Frank Gifford, New York Giants football legend, Pro Football Hall of Famer and TV sportscaster, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner. Dinner chairperson is Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO, Loews Hotels and the evening’s honorary chair is Preston Robert Tisch, chairman of the board, Loews Corporation; chairman and CEO, New York Giants; and member of the NYU Board of Trustees.

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is a dynamic and growing educational and research center founded in July 1995. The NYU Tisch Center offers an extensive complement of hospitality, tourism and sports management academic programs including two bachelor’s degree programs, three master’s degree programs and certificate programs. The curriculum focus is on asset management, financial analysis, destination management, marketing and customer relationship management.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (www.scps.nyu.edu) is one of fourteen colleges and schools that comprise New York University, the largest private university in the United States. Founded in 1934, NYU SCPS educates some 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year and enrolls over 44,000 in its noncredit programs. A national leader in adult and professionally-oriented education, NYU SCPS programs include non-credit courses that span more than 125 fields, 14 industry-focused master’s degree programs, and nine bachelor’s and six associate’s degree programs specially designed for working adults. As well, NYU SCPS is home to NYU Online, the University’s first online bachelor’s program.

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