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Lester Pollack: An Illustrious Record of Leadership

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Lester Pollack '57After serving 10 years as chair of the Law School’s Board of Trustees, Lester Pollack ’57 will step down on October 3 and become chair emeritus.

“It has been exciting to lead such a talented group of trustees, and to partner with two dynamic and visionary deans,” said Pollack. “The Law School has experienced a remarkable transformation, rising to become one of the most outstanding academic centers in our nation with a global presence. I am confident that the Law School will continue to reach new heights under Tony Welters.”

The Law School community owes “a huge debt of gratitude” to Pollack, Dean Richard Revesz said, noting Pollack’s key role in the 1970s in establishing the Law School’s governance arrangements, including the Board of Trustees. “His visionary leadership has been essential to our success, and his extraordinary generosity is reflected in the Pollack Center for Law & Business and thebreathtaking colloquium room in Furman Hall.”

Pollack is founder and chairman of Centre Partners Management, a private equity firm, where he has been a managing director since 1986. He serves on the board of Bank Leumi USA and is director emeritus of U.S. Bancorp. He has served as director of numerous corporations, including the Loews Corporation, Paramount Communications, SunAmerica Inc. and Tidewater Inc.

A University trustee from 1987 through this summer, Pollack chairs the board of NYU’s National Center on Philanthropy and the Law. Widely known for his humanitarian and philanthropic work, Pollack was chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and honorary chair of the Anti-Defamation League. Last year Pollack received the Edward Weinfeld Award from the Law School Alumni Association and NYU’s Albert Gallatin Medal in recognition of his professional achievements, commitment to philanthropy and dedication to NYU.

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