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New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to Receive Honorary Degree at LIU Brooklyn Commencement 2016

Celebrated philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to present Chancellor’s honorary degree


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Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 29, 2016) – LIU Brooklyn will honor Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at its Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2016, at the Barclays Center. As Chancellor, Fariña has led a far-reaching effort to engage parents and families in the educational process and ensure collaboration, trust, and accountability within the City’s public schools.

Fariña has worked in virtually every capacity during her 50-year career in public education, from teacher and principal to district superintendent and deputy chancellor, leading up to her appointment as Chancellor by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014. Over the course of her career, she has distinguished herself as an innovative educator committed to equity and excellence for students, teachers, and principals.

 Chancellor Fariña’s contributions have been felt acutely in her native borough of Brooklyn, where she began her career at elementary school P.S. 29 as a classroom teacher specializing in social studies. During her 22 years at P.S. 29, Fariña used reading and writing to connect class work to real-world events, pioneering an award-winning program (Making Connections) that the Board of Education replicated throughout New York City. Later, after serving as principal of P.S. 6 in Manhattan, Fariña returned to Brooklyn, first as Community Superintendent of District 15 and then as Superintendent of Region 8.

 Chancellor Fariña will receive her honorary degree from distinguished philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford. LIU has partnered with Mr. Sanford and the New York City Department of Education to lead the advancement of two innovative education programs based on Mr. Sanford’s vision. LIU’s work as a leading member of the Sanford Education Collaborative is transforming the way more than 16,000 children learn in 649 classrooms across the region.

“Chancellor Fariña has served the City of New York with distinction for 50 years,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “The Chancellor has been tireless in her advocacy on behalf of New York City’s schoolchildren. LIU is proud to honor our graduates and to join with T. Denny Sanford in celebrating our exceptional honoree.”

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (LIU Pharmacy) will also present Dale Natoli, president of Natoli Engineering Company, Inc., with an honorary degree at the LIU Brooklyn Commencement. Natoli has made significant contributions to the global tablet compression industry during his 35-year career, leading the world’s premier tablet press tooling manufacturer and making key contributions to scholarship in the industry. Natoli authored “Tooling for Pharmaceutical Processing,” published in the third edition of Pharmaceutical Dosage Form: Tablets and Vol. 15 of the Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology, making contributions considered invaluable within the pharmaceutical industry.  Natoli Engineerng has partnered with LIU to create the Natoli Institute of Advanced Pharmacy Research and Development within LIU Pharmacy, creating transformational opportunities for students at New York’s first college of pharmacy.

“Dale Natoli continues to advance the technical knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry through his leadership, his scholarship, and his commitment to education,” said Dr. John Pezzuto, dean of LIU Pharmacy. “We are proud to celebrate his contributions with an honorary degree at LIU Brooklyn Commencement 2016.”

“LIU is a leader in advancing the next generation of teacher training and student engagement, and has a proud 130-year legacy in pharmaceutical education,” said Eric Krasnoff, chairman of the LIU Board of Trustees. “LIU honors Chancellor Fariña, who has dedicated herself tirelessly to the education of New York’s children throughout her distinguished career, and Dale Natoli, who has dedicated himself to innovation and technological advancement that benefit the pharmaceutical industry and its patients around the world.”

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Posted 04/29/2016

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