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Oral history interview with Neil R. Grabois [electronic resource], 2012

Creator: Grabois, Neil R.
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 91 pages Sound recording: 1 digital audio file (103 min.). Sound recording: 1 digital audio file (66 min.).
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Mathematician; Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School

Scope and Contents

Youth: value of education, attendance at Stuyvesant High School, acceptance to Swarthmore College; theme of aimlessness and chance; completion of Ph.D. in math at University of Pennsylvania; first experience teaching; made dean of Williams College in 1970; mistakes made as provost of Williams College; presidency of Colgate University; joining staff of Carnegie Corporation in 1999; leadership of Vartan Gregorian; involvement with Carnegie Corporation programs in Africa: writing constitution for Zimbabwe, public libraries in Africa, higher education opportunities for women; development and efficacy of Carnegie Council on Evaluation to review programs; interaction between staff and trustees; theories of grantmaking and evaluation; hiring and firing staff; influence of David A. Hamburg at Carnegie Corporation; development of Carnegie Scholars Program; Carnegie Corporation's competitive advantage and future; interdisciplinary spirit of The New School; anecdotes about working with Gregorian; role of religion in life; challenge of following intuition in grantmaking; limitations of Carnegie Corporation's international grantmaking; influence of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Carnegie Corporation's grantmaking.


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Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2012.

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