Eugene M. Lang

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"Since establishing the Eugene M. Lang Foundation in 1963, Lang increasingly devoted himself to philanthropy, mainly in education, and in 1997 terminated all business activities. In 1981, he created the now nationwide "I Have A Dream" Program that provides sustained personalized guidance and support to many thousands of disadvantaged children (identified as "Dreamers") throughout their K-12 years, plus a college opportunity. The Program's success has inspired federal and state legislation that now benefits millions of children...

"He is currently Chair Emeritus of Swarthmore College, founder and Chair Emeritus of the national "I Have A Dream" Foundation, founder and Chair Emeritus of the Conference of Board Chairs of Liberal Arts Colleges, board member of the Columbia University Business School where he established the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, and board member of New School University whose undergraduate liberal arts college bears his name. He has received many distinctions and awards, including 38 honorary degrees. Recognizing his services to education, President Bush designated him a "Point of Light" and President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this country's highest civilian award." ref>ihaveadreamfoundation Eugene M. Lang, organizational web page, accessed June 2, 2013.</ref>


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