SIKH HERITAGE AWARDS GALA 2008: AWARD WINNERS
VISION: STUART RABINOWITZ, President – Hofstra University
Stuart Rabinowitz was chosen by the Hofstra University Board of Trustees to serve as the eighth president of the University on December 20, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he served as dean of Hofstra University School of Law from September 1989 through June 2001. He joined the faculty of the Law School in 1972. President Rabinowitz currently holds the Andrew M. Boas and Mark L. Claster Distinguished Professor of Law.
Under the leadership of President Rabinowitz, Hofstra Unversity has developed an international center for the study of Sikhism. In addition to the Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair of Sikh Musicology was established and the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize was endowed and its first recipient, the Dalai Lama, announced. The expansion of Sikh Studies at Hofstra is consistent with President Rabinowitz’ vision for the development of a Department of Religion that will be internationally known for the secular study of religion.
President Rabinowitz holds positions with a number of important government and community organizations including the Judicial Advisory Council of the State of New York Unified Court System, County of Nassau, and the Nassau County Health and Welfare Council. He serves as a trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, and on the board of directors for the Fair Media Council and the Long Island Technology Network. President Rabinowitz is a former member of the Nassau County Blue Ribbon Financial Review Panel, former chair of the Nassau County Local Advisory Board, and a former member of the board of directors of the Long Island Association. Additionally, President Rabinowitz served as a member of the Nassau County Commission on Government Revision, which was charged with drafting a new charter and a new form of government for the County. He is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, EOC; Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice, Legal Aid Society; UJA Federation Leadership Award; the Bar Association of Nassau County Proclamation for Outstanding Service to both the legal profession and the community; the Community Service Award from the Conference of Jewish Organizations of Nassau County; and the Alumni Association of the City College of New York 2005 Townsend Harris Medal. He has also been honored by the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) and was the recipient of Networking magazine’s David Award.
President Rabinowitz received a juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated from the City College of New York with honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute.