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BGU Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Philanthropist Roy J. Zuckerberg

BGU Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Philanthropist Roy J. Zuckerberg

June 25, 2009

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BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, June 25, 2009 — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has awarded a prestigious honorary doctoral degree to philanthropist and business executive Roy J. Zuckerberg.


Zuckerberg is currently a senior director of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and was previously vice chairman at the firm.  He also serves on the board of directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.


Zuckerberg has been a long-standing supporter of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He  received the honorary degree for his contributions as a, “generous philanthropist, an enthusiastic Zionist, a concerned and influential member of the U.S. Jewish community.


“As chairman of the Board of Governors of BGU, Roy is committed to renewing the mission of the University through his strong belief in its bright future as a top-class scientific research institution.”


At BGU, he established and built the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sede Boqer, which has made significant contributions to the advancement of water research worldwide.  Zuckerberg is also actively involved in BGU as a member of the Institute’s scientific consulting committee.  In the U.S., he is a board member of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


In receiving this prestigious honor, Zuckerberg said, “I feel that this University has given me more than I’ve given it. It’s a thrill, an honor and I’m full of pride. I appreciate this honor bestowed upon me and I’m very grateful to the University for what they have done for me.”


Mr. Zuckerberg serves as chair of the investment committee of the University of Massachusetts Foundation where he supports the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair.  The University of Massachusetts has honored Zuckerberg with their Distinguished Alumni Award, a Doctor of Humane Letters and the President’s Medal.  Zuckerberg received a B.S. from Lowell Technological Institute (now U. Mass) in 1958.


Zuckerberg has chaired the board of trustees of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Inc. and served as a trustee of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, where he worked tirelessly to gain acceptance of Israel’s Magen David Adom into the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and was recently recognized with the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts.


Zuckerberg resides in both New York and Palm Beach, Florida.


View video (short Hebrew introduction) of Roy Zuckerberg and five other extraordinary leaders receiving BGU’s highest honor in the May ceremony: Dr. Mohammed Al-Hadid, president of the Jordan National Red Crescent Society; actress Gila Almagor; artist Dani Karavan; historian Prof. Anita Shapira; and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Prof. Bernhard Vogel.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

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