Greetings from the Lehman College Foundation
Myrna Rivera, Chair
Dear friends and supporters:
As a Lehman College alumna and Chair of the Herbert H. Lehman College Foundation Board of Trustees, I welcome you to the Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Awards Dinner. This year’s theme, "A Celebration of Excellence," is a special opportunity to celebrate all that sets Lehman College apart—not only from its sister CUNY colleges, but from public and private institutions everywhere. In particular, the school continues to strengthen its distinguished reputation as an innovator in STEM research, multimedia production; nursing and health sciences, information technology, and many other disciplines. Lehman is growing its K-12 educational and cultural outreach to Bronx public schools, in its ongoing efforts to open doors to college and success for so many bright, but too often underserved, young people. And Lehman remains ever more dedicated to providing its culturally and economically diverse community with opportunities to learn, grow, and transform.
Lehman students know that excellence must be earned, and it takes hard work. Our task is to create an environment in which they may do that hard work and succeed. This is a formidable challenge, and there’s no room for “slacking off.” Every day, Lehman College makes the most of its resources. But this will only go so far. Every day, we must also endeavor to attract new sources of support for the College. We reach out to our friends and alumni, who understand public institutions’ need for private dollars, and understand what makes Lehman College such an exceptional center for higher education. Your generosity enables current and future students to benefit from all that Lehman can offer, and learn for themselves what “excellence” can mean.
Fredrick Gilbert, Executive Director
Thank you for taking part in the 2014 Lehman College Foundation Leadership Awards Dinner, "A Celebration of Excellence." Tonight’s event presents us with a special opportunity to celebrate two distinguished faculty members in the arts, both known for their incomparable talent, as well as their commitment to education. We also have the privilege of honoring the granddaughter of Herbert H. Lehman, whose philanthropy sustains his altruism, his humanitarian values, and the countless reasons the College is fortunate to bear his name. And finally, we recognize Lehman’s president, Ricardo R. Fernández, for his 25 years of service to the College. Under his leadership, Lehman has blossomed into an institution known for the quality of its research, teaching, and learning; its innovative programs; and its dedication to the Bronx community.
Lehman’s reputation for excellence is due in large part to the efforts of our honorees—and many others like them. The other half of this equation is Lehman’s students, whose impressive accomplishments continue to inspire and encourage us all. They are the reason for this celebration.
All proceeds from this evening—through tickets, tables, text contributions, and auction items—will support scholarships awarded through the Lehman College Foundation. I thank you for contributing to this event, as well as our staff, sponsors, and everyone working behind the scenes to make the night a success. Your participation and generosity enable students from across New York City and around the world not only to pursue excellence, but to achieve it.