New York University President John Sexton today presented NYU’s Albert Gallatin Medal to civic leader, philanthropist, and NYU alumnus Lester Pollack at NYU’s 175th Commencement Exercises in Washington Square Park. Some 19,000 graduates, faculty, staff, and guests attended the morning ceremony.

The following citation was read in awarding the medal:

“New York University today honors Lester Pollack-prominent investment counselor, devoted civic leader, wise benefactor, who has been involved in the life of the NYU community for over five decades. Widely known for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts, he was chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and honorary chair of the Anti-Defamation League.

“A trustee of New York University for two decades, Mr. Pollack has been instrumental in giving shape to the NYU we see before us today: a vibrant, world-class center of teaching and research thriving in the heart of New York City, even as he continues to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law Foundation and chairman of the board of NYU’s National Center on Philanthropy and the Law. A native New Yorker, he holds degrees from Brooklyn College and New York University School of Law.

“In recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, his profound civic and philanthropic legacy, and his unwavering devotion to this institution, New York University is honored to present the Albert Gallatin Medal to Lester Pollack.”

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