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Retiring LIU President Steinberg to Receive Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. - Dr. David J. Steinberg, who is retiring after 27 years as president of Long Island University, will be the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service at LIU Post’s 55th  Commencement exercises  Friday, May 10, 2013.

Dr.  Steinberg, LIU’s ninth president, has led the university since 1985. During Dr. Steinberg’s tenure, LIU has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the United States, and its endowment has increased from $4.8 million to nearly $100 million.

Dr. Steinberg’s student-centered vision has spurred the expansion of the university’s academic footprint on the Web and around the world through LIU Online and LIU Global; the launch of programs in emerging fields like forensic science, genetic counseling, mobile GIS, homeland security management and environmental sustainability; the realization of a groundbreaking cloud computing initiative, which included the largest iPad deployment in American higher education; a $400 million capital improvement plan that transformed the University’s campuses; and initiatives to make an LIU education affordable, including increasing institutional aid from $65 million to more than $100 million since 2009.

The son of the late Rabbi Milton Steinberg of Manhattan’s Park Avenue Synagogue, Dr. Steinberg was born in New York City and was educated at Phillips Academy at Andover; Malvern College in England; and Harvard College, from which he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a Fulbright year at the University of the Philippines and a year at Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, he returned to Harvard, where he earned an M.A. in East Asian studies and a Ph.D. in history.

He began his teaching career in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, where he rose to the rank of full professor. In 1973, he joined the administration of Brandeis University as executive assistant to the president, becoming vice president and university secretary in 1977.

The author of numerous books and articles on Southeast Asia and, in particular, Philippine history, Dr. Steinberg has taught, lectured and written about this important area of the world extensively. His first book, “Philippine Collaboration in World War II,” won the University Press Award in 1969. “The Philippines: A Singular and a Plural Place,” now in its fourth edition, was described by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Nicholas Platt as “the best single-volume guide to understanding the Philippines, past and present.” Dr. Steinberg also edited and co-authored both editions of “In Search of Southeast Asia,” one of the major textbooks on the area, and co-authored “The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia” and “Religion and Religiosity in the Philippines and Indonesia: Essays on State, Society and Public Creeds.”

Dr. Steinberg was a member of the international observer team that monitored the Philippine presidential elections when Corazon Aquino defeated Ferdinand Marcos. He has written numerous op-ed pieces and has been a consultant to UN agencies, the U.S. government and the Ford Foundation. A past chair of the board of trustees for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Dr. Steinberg currently serves on the board of One to World.

He is married to chanteuse and real estate executive Joan Steinberg. His greatest personal accomplishment: raising his two superb sons, Noah and Jonah. His greatest pleasure: watching his grandchildren grow.

More than 9,000 graduates, families, guests and university officials will attend the ceremony which is held under a white tent on the Great Lawn beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Class of 2013 includes 2,227 students who will be awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from Long Island University’s three Long Island campuses: LIU Post in Brookville, LIU Brentwood in Brentwood, N.Y. and LIU Riverhead, N.Y.

For more information about LIU Post’s Commencement exercises visit or call (516) 299-2350.

Posted 05/09/2013

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