Commencement 2017


Honorary Degree Recipients

Carmen FarinaCarmen Fariña to Receive Honorary Degree at LIU Brooklyn Commencement

Carmen Fariña is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the United States, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. During her five-decade career, she has distinguished herself as an innovative teacher, principal, district superintendent, and deputy chancellor. As Chancellor—a role she assumed in January 2014—her priorities include meeting the needs of the whole child; engaging parents and families; ensuring collaboration, trust, and accountability within the system; and supporting rigorous Common-Core based standards to raise student achievement.

During her first full year as Chancellor, Fariña oversaw the historic expansion of pre-kindergarten to more than 53,000 four-year-olds; expanded the Community School model to provide more wrap-around services to students and families; created a stand-alone, cabinet-level department to support English Language Learners; and increased funding for arts education and after-school programs for middle school students. She also developed new leadership models, transforming the role of superintendents to better support principals; launched the Framework for Great Schools, a holistic research-based approach to school improvement; and created Learning Partners and Showcase Schools, demonstration sites of excellence that allow schools and educators to work collaboratively to strengthen their practices.

Fariña holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University and master’s degrees from Brooklyn College (Bilingual Education), Fordham University (Gifted/Arts Education), and Pace University (Administration and Supervision). She is co-author of A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence: Collaborating Our Way to Better Schools (Heinemann, 2008).

Dale NatoliDale Natoli to Receive Honorary Degree at LIU Brooklyn Commencement 

As president of Natoli Engineering Company, Inc., Dale Natoli is committed to innovations and technological advancements that benefit every aspect of the tablet compression industry. With 35 years of experience, he has made significant contributions to the global industry. His belief in empowering the industry with knowledge has led him to help create the Natoli Institute of Advanced Pharmacy Research & Development in collaboration with Long Island University; which has established the AMS College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as the premier school of industrial pharmacy and training center. His contribution as the author of Tooling for Pharmaceutical Processing published in the 3rd edition of ‘Pharmaceutical Dosage Form: Tablets’ and Vol. 15 of the ‘Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology’ is considered invaluable within the industry. Dale has also served as a board member for recommending revisions in the 3rd edition of the ‘Tablet Specification Manual’. He is welcomed as a guest speaker at universities, pharmaceutical manufacturers and associations worldwide.


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