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Long Island University President David Steinberg to Retire in August 2013

LIU to conduct a nationwide search for its next president


Kim Volpe-Casalino,Assistant Vice President for Public Relations
Long Island University,

David J. SteinbergBrookville, N.Y. -- After 27 years of visionary leadership, Long Island University President David Steinberg has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Edward Travaglianti, chairman of Long Island University’s board of trustees, describes Dr. Steinberg as an academic visionary, whose leadership has been nothing short of transformational. “Dr. Steinberg’s passionate commitment to the University’s mission of access and excellence has served as the driving force behind our advancement and achievement, as has his ability to always focus on the best interests of our students in selfless and intelligent ways,” Chairman Travaglianti said. “His core decency, integrity and tireless efforts to positively change the trajectory of our students’ lives continue to be an inspiration.”

A Transformational Tenure

Dr. Steinberg, the ninth president of Long Island University, was appointed April 1, 1985. During his tenure as chief executive, LIU has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the United States. Under his leadership, the University's endowment has increased from $4.8 million to nearly $80 million, and its enrollment has risen from 19,000 to over 24,000.

Dr. Steinberg's efforts have triggered vast improvements in the quality of life and study on each of the University’s campuses. He spearheaded a capital improvement plan, which has led to $400 million in investments in new construction and major renovations. And his vision has spurred innovation in academic affairs and information technology, prompting the addition of several new doctoral programs; the launch of programs in emerging fields like forensic science, genetic counseling and mobile GIS; the expansion of the institution's academic footprint on the Web and around the world through LIU Online and LIU Global; and the realization of a groundbreaking cloud computing initiative, which included the largest iPad deployment in American higher education.

Making a quality private education affordable for LIU students has been a priority during Dr. Steinberg’s administration. Since 2009, LIU has increased institutional aid from $65 million to more than $100 million.

The timing of his succession plan has enabled him to shepherd various major projects to completion, including the implementation of an ERP system; the redesign of the website; and the launch of the Rebranding and Recruitment Initiative, which has unified all the University's campuses and educational sites under the LIU brand. His service will be complete with the conclusion of the University’s decennial Middle States reaccreditation, a review process required of all universities every ten years.

An Officer and a Scholar

The son of the late Rabbi Milton Steinberg of Manhattan's Park Avenue Synagogue, Dr. Steinberg was born in New York City and was educated at Phillips Academy at Andover, Malvern College in England and Harvard College, from which he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a Fulbright year at the University of the Philippines and a year at Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, he returned to Harvard, where he earned an M.A. in East Asian studies in 1963, and a Ph.D. in history in 1964.

He began his teaching career in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, where he rose to the rank of full professor. In 1973, he joined the administration of Brandeis University as executive assistant to the president, becoming vice president and university secretary in 1977.

The author of numerous books and articles on Southeast Asia and, in particular, Philippine history, Dr. Steinberg has taught, lectured and written about this important area of the world for a third of a century. His first book, "Philippine Collaboration in World War II," won the University Press Award in 1969. "The Philippines: A Singular and a Plural Place," now in its fourth edition, was described by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Nicholas Platt as "the best single-volume guide to understanding the Philippines, past and present." He also edited and co-authored both editions of "In Search of Southeast Asia," one of the major textbooks on the area. Dr. Steinberg recently collaborated with top scholars from around the world to co-author "The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia," a new and multifaceted history of this complex region. In addition, he is a co-author of “Religion and Religiosity in the Philippines and Indonesia: Essays on State, Society and Public Creeds,” which was published in 2005.

Dr. Steinberg was a member of the international observer team that monitored the Philippine presidential elections when Corazon Aquino defeated Ferdinand Marcos. He has written numerous op-ed pieces and has been a consultant to UN agencies, the United States government, the Ford Foundation and others.

Dr. Steinberg is the past chair of the board of trustees for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. He also serves on the board of directors of One to World, a not-for-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State as the official coordinator of Fulbright enrichment programs in the greater New York area.

Looking Forward

To prepare for the transfer of leadership, Chairman Travaglianti has announced a nationwide search for Dr. Steinberg’s successor. A trustee search committee will be responsible for identifying a candidate or candidates to be presented to the full board. This committee will be chaired by Eric Krasnoff, retired chairman, president & CEO of Pall Corporation. Mr. Krasnoff has been an LIU trustee for 20 years. Most recently, he has chaired the University’s Planning Committee, playing an instrumental role in advancing the institution’s strategic planning process.

The trustees charged with vetting the candidates will receive feedback and advice from a presidential search advisory committee composed of the leadership of the three academic senates, the heads of the faculty collective bargaining units, as well as student leaders and selected staff.

To facilitate the search process, the University has engaged the firm of Witt/Kieffer, the nation’s largest firm specializing in senior-level searches in higher education and health care. As the search progresses, there will be additional opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to provide input. A dedicated website ( has been created as a conduit for information and will be updated periodically throughout the process.

About LIU

In its ninth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, LIU is a multicampus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. One of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country, the University offers more than 575 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 24,000* students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (LIU Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, and Rockland and Westchester (LIU Hudson). Other academic units include LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), which prepares students for successful careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care; LIU Global, which provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China, Costa Rica and India, and through programs in Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey; and LIU Online, which harnesses the latest technology to offer online and blended programs.

LIU’s 630 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of more than 186,000 living alumni are a testament to the success of its mission – providing the highest level of education to people from all walks of life. The institution also provides enrichment for students and the community through the world-class arts programming at LIU Tilles Center, NCAA Division I and II athletic teams and the nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism.

*This number includes high school students enrolled in one or more degree-credit courses.

Posted 09/05/2012

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