2019 Gala Honoree

March 22, 2019


Vartan Gregorian

President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Vartan Gregorian has served as president of Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997. The Corporation is a philanthropic institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Previously, Gregorian served as president of Brown University and as president of The New York Public Library. He was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and also served as provost. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees and awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts, the National Humanities Medal, and the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He has been decorated by the French, Italian, Austrian, Portuguese and Armenian governments.  He serves on the boards of The National September 11 Memorial and Museum and The Library of Alexandria among others.  Gregorian has authored The Road To Home: My Life And TimesIslam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith; and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. 

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