EDUCATION CHANCELLOR JOEL KLEIN TO DISCUSS SCHOOL REFORM IN RUDIN LECTURE AT CCNY
NEW YORK, April 13, 2005 – Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, will deliver the Spring 2005 Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at The City College of New York (CCNY) Tuesday, April 19. His topic will be “School Reform in New York City.”
The lecture, to be given in CCNY’s Great Hall, Shepard Hall, begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. A question and answer session will follow.
As head of the largest public school systems in the nation, Chancellor Klein oversees more than 1,350 schools with approximately 1.1 million students, 135,000 employees, and a $14 billion budget. Through a comprehensive reform program called ‘Children First,’ he aims to transform the system, ensuring that every child will graduate with the skills to become a fully engaged member of society.
In July 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Mr. Klein the first Chancellor of the newly reorganized New York City Department of Education (previously the Board of Education). He came from Bertelsmann, Inc., where he was chairman and chief executive officer and chief U.S. liaison officer to Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s largest media companies.
Prior to that, Chancellor Klein was assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, heading a team of 700 lawyers and leading landmark cases against such companies as Microsoft, WorldCom/Sprint, Visa/Mastercard and General Electric. His tenure in federal government service began in 1993 when he became deputy counsel to President Bill Clinton, serving two years in the White House before moving to the Department of Justice. Born in New York City, he attended Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa (1967), and Harvard Law School, where he earned his J.D. (1971).
ABOUT THE RUDIN LECTURE PROGRAM
The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, named for Samuel Rudin, the civic and philanthropic leader who graduated from CCNY in 1918, was initiated in 1996. Supported by a grant from The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., it provides an opportunity for members of the City College community to interact with outstanding scholars, civic and business leaders, thereby enriching the educational experience on campus. The program is also intended to foster communication in the academic community of New York City.
Previous Rudin Scholars have included: Nobel Prize winner and cancer researcher Dr. Harold E. Varmus; veteran journalist Walter Cronkite; Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson; Frederick P. Rose, Director of the Hayden Planetarium; former Congresswoman Patricia S. Schroeder; Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, the Anti-Defamation League, and author Walter Mosley (CCNY ‘91MA).
ABOUT THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK
For 158 years, City College has provided high-quality, affordable 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 Education, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
For more information on Chancellor Joel Klein’s Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at CCNY, please call (212) 650-7693. City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.