Harold Tanner received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.
Harold Tanner is Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the central coordinating body representing 52 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern. He has served as President of the American Jewish Committee from 2001 to 2004. In 2004 he was Chairman of the Transatlantic Institute, which fosters ties among the European Union, Israel, and the United States. He is committed to the well-being of the Jewish people and has traveled the world to make the case for Israel's quest for peace and security, to advance human rights, and to create new possibilities for cooperation with governments, other faith groups, and civic institutions.
Mr. Tanner is an investment banker and has been President of Tanner & Co., Inc. since 1987. Previously, he was a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1980 to 1986. He served as Executive Vice President of Blyth Eastman Dillon & Co., Inc from 1977 to1980, Executive Vice President of Rothschild, Inc. (formerly New Court Securities Corporation) from 1969 to 1976, and Vice President and Director of Blyth & Co. from 1956 to 1969.
Mr. Tanner is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University having served as Chairman from 1997 to 2002 and as a Trustee from 1982 to 2002. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and a former Trustee of Classroom, Inc., and of the Russell Sage Foundation. He serves as a life overseer of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a former Director of the Associates of Harvard Business School where he received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1992.
Mr. Tanner received his B.S. degree from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1952 and his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1956.
At the College-Institute's Graduation Ceremony, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees were also awarded to Aaron Feuerstein, Founder, Chair, CEO, Malden Mills; Lynn Shusterman, Founder and Chair, Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation; Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College; and Burton Lehman, Past Chair, Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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