Donor Biographies and Quotes
William and Anita Newman
The Newmans' gift of $25 million is their largest to date (as well one of the largest in the history of private gifts to public colleges in New York State) and is in support of the award-winning Newman Vertical Campus facility, which opened in 2001, housing the Zicklin School of Business and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and which will be re-named the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus .
?First my father, and my mother, both immigrants newly arrived on these shores, and then I and my late brother Joseph, as well as many of the people who would become my colleagues, all attended Downtown City, earning degrees and setting the stage for productive careers in business. I'm grateful for what this school, now Baruch, has given me, and I welcome the opportunity to help to do the same for a new generation of young people.?
Anita Newman adds: ?I feel that the youth of America are our future and education is so very important to them and to all of us. I am very proud that we can do something to help.?
William Newman graduated in 1947 from Baruch College with a BBA and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1997. His support for Baruch is extensive: he has funded the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute as well as, in the curriculum, the Newman Real Estate programs, comprising Master's and undergraduate programs in the School of Public Affairs and the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch. He also provided key support for the reconstruction of the William and Anita Newman Library, which was named the best college library in the nation for 2003 by the academic arm of the American Library Association.
Newman is the founder and chairman of New Plan Excel Realty Trust. New Plan Excel Realty Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate companies, focuses on the ownership, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of community and neighborhood shopping centers. The Company operates as a self-administered and self-managed REIT, with a national portfolio of more than 400 properties, total assets of approximately $4.0 billion.
Marking his prominence in the real estate industry, Newman has received the Wall Street Transcript's gold, silver, and bronze medals for national leadership in the real estate industry, and Ernst & Young's Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. He is also the former Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, which position he occupied from 1990 to1992.
Anita Newman attended Hunter College. She and William Newman both attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. The Newmans have a grown daughter, Debra.
Lawrence N. Field and Eris Field
The Fields are making a gift of $10 million in support of the future renovation of 17 Lexington Avenue, Baruch's original academic building. The site is historically significant for being the location of the Free Academy, which opened at the corner of Lexington and 23rd Street in 1847. The Free Academy was America's first free public institution of higher learning and the precursor to City College and later the City University of New York. The Fields' longtime friend, the architect Frank Gehry, has expressed his commitment to being involved in the renovation/design. The building will be named the Lawrence and Eris Field Building.
In addition, the Fields also are donating $2 million to fund the Larry and Eris Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, expanding the scope of Baruch's Field Center in Entrepreneurship, which the Fields endowed in 1999.
?Half a century ago, when I walked into the 17 Lex building, those doors literally opened the way to a new life for me. My parents, like the parents of many of today's students, were immigrants. Their dream was that I could be a mail carrier or school teacher. Baruch showed me a much wider world. It gave me both the education and the self-confidence to create for myself and my family a future I could never have imagined. For me, this opportunity to give back to Baruch College is both a privilege and an obligation. It acknowledges the deep gratitude and affection I feel to this unique and wonderful institution. It also allows me help make sure that today's young students can step through the doors of Baruch to a brighter future for themselves.?
The founder and principal of NSB Associates, Lawrence Field has more than three decades of experience in the real estate development and investment business both in New York and Southern California. Since 1968, Mr. Field has been involved in the acquisition and development of more than 2 million square feet of real estate in Southern California in the name of Southland Investment Company, The Richlar Partnership and now NSB Associates.
Field is a founding director of the California Housing Council and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. He is on the Executive Committee of the Baruch College Fund and on the boards of Girls and Boys Town USA, Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and The Jewish Home for the Aging. Other charitable and community affiliations from the past and present include: Jewish Federation Council, American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Stephen S. Wise Temple, UCLA/Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Magic Castle. He holds a Bachelor's (B.B.A.) from The Baruch College of the City of New York and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from New York Law School.
Eris Field has been active in leadership roles in a number of Los Angeles-area civic and arts organizations. The Fields have two grown children, Robyn and Lisa, both of whom live in Southern California.
Marvin Antonowsky is giving $2.5 million in support of the new and expanded Baruch Performing Arts Center in the Newman Vertical Campus, which will be named the Marvin Antonowsky Performing Arts Complex.
Quote: ?I'm delighted to lend my name to a first-rate arts center at a college that's home to the nation's largest business school,? said Antonowsky. ?My career has flourished by being able to bring good business sense to the production of culture and entertainment, and Baruch is the institution that launched me on this road. I hope the Antonowsky Performing Arts Complex will enable today's students to pursue a love of theater and music as they learn to make their living and to realize the two ends are not mutually exclusive.?
Marvin Antonowsky received his BBA in 1947 from City College School of Business and Civic Administration, which in 1953 became Baruch College, and took his MS in 1952. Antonowsky went on to a long and successful career in entertainment and marketing and has supported Baruch in its performing arts programs as well as through his membership on the school's nongoverning board, The Baruch College Fund.
Antonowsky served as executive vice president and assistant to the chairman of Columbia Pictures from 1990 until 1993, when he went with Columbia chair Frank Price and helped form and manage Price Entertainment. His projects there included ?A Bronx Tale,? ?Shadowlands,? and ?Circle of Friends.? During his Columbia years he worked on ?Prince of Tides,? My Girl,? ?Radio Flyer,? and ?Sleepwalkers,? among others.
In 1989 and 1990, Antonowsky worked as a marketing consultant to Tri-Star Pictures, where he managed marketing campaigns for ?See No Evil, Hear No Evil,? ?Look Who's Talking,? ?The Bear,? and ?Steel Magnolias.?
Prior to that, Antonowsky was at MCA/Universal Pictures, where he was named president of marketing in 1984. He joined Universal after serving as head of Columbia Pictures marketing from 1980 to 1984. In these two positions he oversaw marketing campaigns for many of the most successful motion pictures of the time, including ?The Breakfast Club,? ?Fletch,? ?Out of Africa,? ?Stir Crazy,? ?Absence of Malice,? ?Ghandi,? ?Tootsie,? ?The Big Chill,? and many others.
Antonowsky began his career with the advertising agency, Kenyon and Eckhart, where he was media research director before becoming marketing vice president in 1957. He then joined Norman, Craig and Kummel, where he was vice president of marketing services. In 1965, Mr. Antonowsky was named vice president in charge of media research and spot buying at J.Walter Thompson, a position he held for four years. He then joined the ABC television network, where he was vice president in charge of research, culminating his network career at NBC, where, as vice president of programming, he was instrumental in starting ?Saturday Night Live,? among other successful shows. In 1976, he joined Universal Studios, where he was senior vice president for Universal Television before moving over to the movie industry in 1980.
Lawrence and Carol Zicklin
Zicklin, who endowed the Zicklin School of Business with an $18 million gift in 1997, has donated $2 million as an endowment of what was Baruch's ?Center for Financial Integrity ? , which was founded in 2000 with Zicklin's help by Accounting Prof. Douglas Carmichael, now on leave to head the auditing division of the SEC's new accounting enforcement arm, the PCAOB (Professional and Corporate Accounting Oversight Board). The Center now is named The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.
Quote: The renaming of the center, Zicklin says, ?reflects the ethical standards taught to me by my cousin Robert Zicklin, who was in the very best sense a stickler for ethics and the law; he never cut corners, he always played down the middle, and for me he was the model of integrity. I think everyone's vision for the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity is that it be a place which upholds that model, a place that has the courage to bring forward and debate cutting-edge issues of ethics and integrity in business.?
Lawrence Zicklin graduated in 1957 from Baruch College with a BBA and earned an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. Currently Zicklin is chairman of Baruch's non-governing board, The Baruch College Fund, where he has also served in the capacity of president. Professionally, Zicklin was managing principal and chairman of Neuberger Berman, an investment management firm that is now part of Lehman Brothers. He began his career in the institutional sales department at Merrill Lynch. He is married to Carol Zicklin , who is also a graduate of New York City's public higher education system.
Zicklin is a former president of the UJA Federation of New York. He is a Clinical Professor at the Stern School at New York University and a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School.
Larry and Carol Zicklin have been married since 1960. They have a son, Eric, living in Southern California, and a daughter, Andrea, living in Israel.
William F. Aldinger
Aldinger is donating $2 million for The William F. Aldinger Chair in Banking and Finance.
Quote: ?My hope is that the Aldinger Chair in Banking and Finance will enable a professor to inspire students with the challenge and excitement of emerging theories and methods in finance,? said Aldinger. ?My professional life has been profoundly impacted by the excellent education I received at Baruch, and I want to make sure the same holds true for today's students.?
William F. Aldinger III is chairman and CEO of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the worlds' largest banking and financial services organizations. His previous positions include chairman and CEO of Household International and vice chairman of Wells Fargo Bank.
Aldinger serves as a director of MasterCard International, Illinois Tool Works, and AT&T Corp. He also holds a seat on the combined board of the Children's Memorial Medical Center/Children's Memorial Hospital and the Children's Memorial Foundation in Chicago.
Aldinger graduated in 1969 from Baruch College with a BBA and earned a JD degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1975. In 2004, he was honored as Outstanding Alumnus at the annual Bernard Baruch Dinner.