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Long Island University Elects New Trustees


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Brookville, N.Y. - Long Island University (LIU) announces the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees bring honed experience, knowledge, and innate passion for entrepreneurship and excellence to the board. New members are Abraham M. Lackman, Sarabeth Levine (’64, H ’14), Audrey Schein, and Cherie D. Serota.

“We are grateful to have these talented new members join the Board of Trustees,” said Eric Krasnoff, chairman of LIU Board of Trustees, and former chairman, president and CEO of Pall Corporation. “LIU is committed to being a leader in experiential learning and these individuals have demonstrated exemplary examples of professional and personal achievement acquired through experience. They will serve as role models for our students and vanguards of growth and excellence for LIU. We look forward to working with them. “

  • Abraham “Abe” Lackman is the founder and president of Praxis Insights, a higher education and government consulting firm. He is also a senior officer of Civic Affairs of the Simons Foundation, where he supports building strategic relationships with governments and nonprofit organizations to increase awareness of the sciences and mathematics.
  • Sara Beth Levine is the owner and founder of SaraBeth’s Kitchen. She is a global entrepreneur overseeing twelve restaurants in the United States and Japan, as well as a jam factory, and wholesale-retail bakery café. A resident of New York City and Water Mill, N.Y., she is an alumna of LIU Post, attended LIU Post for graduate studies, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2014.
  • Audrey Schein is a private consultant for fundraising. She has served as secretary of the Schein Dental Equipment Co. and helped establish the Schein Voice & Laryngeal Center in 2000. In addition, she serves as a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and has been a member on the Advisory Board of New York Presbyterian-Sloane Hospital for Women.
  •  Cherie D. Serota is the co-founder of the maternity apparel and accessories company Belly Basics. She also co-authored the book Pregnancy Chic: The Fashion Survival Guide. Her business experience includes being a special events coordinator at Henri Bendel. She is currently an adjunct professor at LIU Post’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. 

“One of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive private universities, LIU’s Board of Trustees is committed to providing the highest level of education, delivered by our world-class faculty, ” said Alfred R. Kahn (’84, H ’05), nominating committee chairman on the LIU Board of Trustees.  “We are confident that the expertise of our new trustees will help us to continue to provide LIU students with the best education and that the university will greatly benefit from their collective knowledge and business acumen.”

“LIU is honored to welcome these distinguished business leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “Their experience will be an invaluable addition to our Board as we bring the university to even higher levels of achievement and continue to provide students with an excellent education.”


LIU, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, empowering its students with skills they need to excel in the classroom and throughout their professional careers, providing high quality academic instruction taught by world-class faculty. One of the nation’s largest private universities, LIU offers 500 accredited programs to more than 20,000 students and has an active network of 200,000 alumni that includes leaders in industries across the globe. LIU’s renowned faculty, the LIU Promise student mentoring program, innovation in experiential learning, its high-tech startup incubator, and on-the-ground training further distinguish LIU as a leader among the nation’s most respected universities. Visit for more information.

Posted 10/20/2014

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