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Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Before assuming his current position in 1997, Gregorian served for nine years as the sixteenth president of Brown University.

From 1981-1989, Gregorian served as a president of The New York Public Library. Prior to that, in 1972, he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty and was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and four years later became its twenty-third provost.

He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon In 1956 he entered Stanford University, where he graduated with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.

Gregorian is the author of The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946; The Road To Home: My Life And Times; and Islam: A Mosaic. Not A Monolith; and. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, many honorary degrees and awards that include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986 and the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Service to the Arts in 1989. In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award. He has also served on the boards of organizations such as the Aga Khan University, The J. Paul Getty Trust, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gregorian has been decorated and honored by the French, Italian, Austrian and Portuguese governments as well as many U.S. states and cities.


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