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A New Generation of Philanthropy: Daniel and Sheryl Tishman Make $1 Million Gift

Dan Tishman speaks at the January 24 President's Forum

In honor of trustee John L. Tishman’s 85th birthday, Dan and Sheryl Tishman, his son and daughter-in-law, have donated $1 million to establish the John L. Tishman Scholarships for Sustainable Development, Design, and Construction. New School students whose work advances sustainable urban environments, particularly through the transformation of the constructed environment, are eligible. As a leading figure in construction management, John L. Tishman and the firm he led for 35 years transformed the New York City skyline. In honor of his deep commitment to this city and to environmental concerns, the scholarships will give special attention to projects that lead to a more sustainable and resilient New York.

When President David E. Van Zandt announced the gift on Monday, January 24, 2011, at Tishman Auditorium, he marked the second generation of the Tishman family becoming major supporters of The New School. John Tishman was on campus that evening for a one-on-one conversation with President Emeritus Bob Kerrey about his years in the construction industry and the recent release of his memoir, Building Tall. At the conclusion of their armchair talk, President Van Zandt introduced Dan, who joined his father on stage to present this surprise gift.

My father’s affection for The New School has been one of the constants of his career,, Dan Tishman said. His role as a builder who understands the importance of sustainability inspired the creation of an award that will encourage generations of student creativity.’,

In addition to serving as chairman of Tishman Realty & Construction Company, Inc., John Tishman has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1981. With an instrumental role in establishing the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School, Tishman has long insisted that design is the key to creating livable and resilient cities that are sustainable and affordable.

We are grateful to Dan and Sheryl for their generosity,, said Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons. This support will help Parsons and The New School educate students who will be leaders in the social and ecological transformation of the 21st century. Thanks to them, student scholarship and innovation will help to realize John Tishman’s vision of livable, resilient cities and his longstanding affection for The New School.,


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