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BGU Presents Honorary Doctorate to NY Philanthropist

BGU Presents Honorary Doctorate to NY Philanthropist

May 19, 2015

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BGU presented philanthropist and New York business leader Alexander M. Goren with a prestigious honorary doctoral degree during a ceremony at the University’s 45th Board of Governors Meeting in Beer-Sheva, Israel last week.

At the ceremony, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi conferred upon him the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, “With gratitude for a magnanimous and passionate Zionist, whose family has been associated with the University since its inception, for upholding an illustrious tradition of giving, contributing to its physical growth and academic achievement, thus demonstrating his profound commitment and unwavering belief in its promising future and in its importance to the residents of the Negev and the State of Israel.”

Goren is chairman of BGU’s Board of Governors; he has been a governor since 1978. He is also the immediate past president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU), and continues to serve on both AABGU’s national board and the regional board of the Greater New York Region.


“My vision of the future is a vision of peace,” Goren said in a presentation during the ceremony. “I think BGU has a crucial role to play, and I think we can really be a catalyst for better understanding between the Jewish population and the Arab population.”

“Alex has been a pioneer in the evolution of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from a struggling start-up in a dusty desert town to a world class institution of higher learning and scientific research,” says Doron Krakow, AABGU executive vice president.

“His passionate leadership on both sides of the ocean has drawn legions of supporters and provided critical wisdom and insight integral to the University’s success for more than a generation. We are deeply honored to count him among our most important leaders and partners and congratulate him on this highly deserved honor.”

Goren is a past president of the Cukier, Goldstein-Goren Foundation, which supports projects in education, culture, health, and social welfare. Through the foundation, Alex and his family have been major supporters of BGU since the early 1970s, when they funded the construction the Cukier, Goldstein-Goren Building for Humanities and Social Sciences.

In the ensuing years, the family made additional contributions, resulting in the naming of the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, a scholarship fund and, most recently, the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, named in memory of his parents.

He is currently a partner in Goren Brothers, a money management and real estate company in Manhattan. For over 40 years, Alex has had a distinguished business career in Italy, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, and the United States. From 1987 to 1994, he was vice chairman of the New York and Foreign Securities Corporation, an institutional brokerage house.

Goren is also a long-serving board member of New York City Outward Bound, New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a member of the NYU Harold Acton Society. He received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics from Harvard University.

Watch a video of Alex Goren shown at the honorary doctorate ceremony >>

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. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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