Press Release: Graduate Center President Placed Among NYWA "Stars"

Frances Degen Horowitz, President of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, has been honored by the New York Women's Agenda (NYWA) with a Star Award. The award was presented to Dr. Horowitz by New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum at NYWA's annual Star Breakfast on Tuesday, December 3, at the New York Hilton Hotel. The awards were created by NYWA to honor outstanding women and men within the City of New York.

President of The City University of New York Graduate Center since 1991, Frances Degen Horowitz is among New York City's and the nation's leading women in higher education. Her determined and visionary leadership directly resulted in a prominent new Graduate Center facility in a landmark Fifth Avenue building that serves a significant role in the daily intellectual, cultural, and civic life of the city, while at the same time enhancing the school's established reputation as a distinguished academic institution. She has also remained committed to bringing underserved populations into the academy and developing new resources for doing so. Additionally, she has provided expertise, guidance, knowledge, and perspective to a wide range of educational, civic, and professional organizations.

Among other activities, Dr. Horowitz has been an active participant in the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, serving as its chair; served as a member of the Commission on Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education; is a member and former Board Member of the Women's Forum, and a member of the boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Hebrew Free Loan Society. Acclaimed for her research, particularly in infant behavior and development, she is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences; is the author of more than 120 articles, chapters, monographs, and books; and was selected for inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

Since its founding by Elinor Guggenheimer in 1992, NYWA has grown into a coalition of nearly 100 women's organizations representing women's professional, educational, civic, economic, and neighborhood-based interests. This year, five "Stars" were selected, along with a Rising Star and Honorable MEN-tions. In addition, Laura Bush and Libbie Pataki were honored as First Lady Stars. The other four Stars include Amalia Betanzos, President & CEO, Wildcat Service Corp.; Nadine Hack, president, beCAUSE Global Consulting; Ann Mincey, Vice President, Global Communications, Redken; Gerri Warren-Merrick, Vice President, Community Relations, AOL/Time Warner. The Rising Star was Ruth Lande Shuman, Founder & President, Publicolor; and the honorable mentions were Jim Turley, Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young; Stu Olds, CEO, Katz Media Group; and James McBride, author of The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,800 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to a recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: DEC 3, 2002

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