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Eugene Lang

Eugene Lang ’40, chairman emeritus of REFAC Technology Development Corporation and founder of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation

Eugene Lang
Meyer Feldberg with Eugene Lang

Eugene M. Lang Is the Founding Donor of the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. Mr. Lang, now retired from business, devotes his experience, time and commitment to the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, founded in 1963. The Foundation focuses on social concerns, primarily innovative projects in education, health care and helping underprivileged children.

Mr. Lang received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1938 and an MS from Columbia Business School in 1940. He has been an advisor to the US Departments of Commerce and State, a member of NYSE’s individual investors advisory committee and a Managing Board Member of the Metropolitan Opera Association. He is a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, a Life Trustee of New School University and founding donor of its Eugene Lang College.

He is also Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Conference of Board Chairmen of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration. In addition, he is the Founder and Chairman of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and Founder and chairman of Project Pericles, an organization that promotes preparation for participatory citizenship as an essential part of higher education. Mr. Lang was designated a Point of Light by President George Bush in 1990 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in September 1996.


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