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May 3, 2006


20 Distinguished Americans Join Powell Center Advisory Council

NEW YORK, May 3, 2006 – Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), ’58, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced today that he is donating $1 million to the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York (CCNY).  General Powell founded the Center, a student-focused policy center that connects politics and policymaking with research and education through real-life experiences, in 1997 and serves as Distinguished Scholar and Chairman of its Advisory Council.

“Since stepping down as Secretary of State a little over a year ago, I have made the Colin Powell Center at my alma mater, The City College of New York, my priority,” General Powell said.  “The center was created nine years ago to prepare the next generation of American leaders, and now that I am able to, I am devoting a lot my time and energy to it.”

The gift from General Powell will provide the foundation for a significant expansion of the Colin Powell Center’s activities and facilities.  General Powell and the Center’s Directors, Vincent Boudreau and Andrew Rich, have been collaborating on a plan that calls for enlarging the Center greatly over a five-year period.  This is General Powell’s second significant gift to The City College of New York, following as it does a the contribution of more than $350,000 to establish the Maud and Luther Powell America’s Promise Scholarship in honor of his parents.

In addition to his gift, General Powell announced the names of 20 distinguished Americans who have agreed to serve as members of the Colin Powell Center’s Advisory Council, which he chairs.  The list of members (likely to expand as the Center moves forward) is contained at the end of this news release, and includes prominent figures from government, business, media, entertainment and philanthropy. 

“All of these very special people who have agreed to join this Advisory Council share in my belief in the missions of the Center and CCNY and what they do for young people,” General Powell.  “I am heartened and honored to have their support.”

“Throughout his distinguished career in military and public service, Colin L. Powell has stood for what a City College education represents, a bridge between modest beginnings and virtually limitless opportunity,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York.

“A child of immigrants who went on to achieve greatness, through his support for – and active involvement with – the Colin Powell Center, he is now helping to prepare a new generation of City College students, many from similar backgrounds, to confront the challenges facing our city, our nation and the world.  On behalf of everyone at CCNY, I want to express our gratitude for all that he is doing.”

About The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies         

The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies was established in 1997 through a generous grant from the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation to promote the engagement of City College’s faculty and students in policy studies with a mandate to support research, education and public discussion.  In the years since its inception, the Center has sponsored public conferences on such diverse issues as urban policy, democratization abroad and national housing policy.  In addition, it has extended scholarly incentives and support to CCNY researchers, initiated scholarships and internships for high-achieving students and invited members of the community to be partners in virtually all of its activities.

Through the Colin Powell Leadership Program, built on the vision of leadership, citizenship and humanitarianism exemplified by General Powell, the Center provides exemplary students with the resources and experience necessary to develop their potential as leaders in fields of public concern.  The Center’s Service Learning Program, introduced in 2005, provides training and support to enable CCNY faculty and students to engage real community challenges in courses, research and campus service projects.

Other projects of the center include organizing the official papers of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi upon his retirement and research and events focused on think tanks, philanthropy and public intellectuals in American policymaking.  Long-range plans call for the Center to become a national leader in research, education and action on key policy challenges.  Future activities will include a Senior Fellows Program, a policy briefs and working paper series, a program for policymakers-in-residence and collaborative projects with think tanks.

About Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Colin L. Powell, Founder and Distinguished Scholar of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies was born and raised in the South Bronx.  He was graduated from The City College of New York in 1958 and went on to earn an MBA from George Washington University, and to build a distinguished military career in Vietnam, Korea and the United States, including service as Deputy Secretary of Defense and Assistant Secretary to the President for National Security Affairs.

General Powell was the first African-American and the youngest officer ever to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States military, serving under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

Colin Powell Center Advisory Council

General Colin L. Powell (Chair)

The Hon. James A Baker III, Former Secretary of State

Tom Brokaw, NBC News

Robert Catell, Chairman and CEO, Keyspan Energy Corp.

Fulvio Dobrich, President and CEO, Galileo Asset Management

Harold Evans, Editor, Publisher, Author

Carly Fiorina, Cybertrust

Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corp. of New York

Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Vernon Jordan, Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres and Co., LLC

Henry Kissinger, Kissinger Associates

Lois Pope, Lois Pope/LIFE Foundation

Linda Powell, Film and Broadway Actress

Jack Rudin, Chairman, Rudin Management Co.

Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman & CEO, The Blackstone Group

Sy Sternberg, President and CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

Barbara Walters, ABC News

Elie Wiesel, President, Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Gregory H. Williams, President, The City College of New York

Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

Mort Zuckerman, Publisher, The Daily News