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Adelphi University Million Dollar Roundtable


Adelphi Univer sity

Million Dol lar Roundtable

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich. —Henry Ward Beecher

A voice from Adelphi University’s founding years reflects down the pathways to its future. At this historic time, as The Campaign for Adelphi University is poised to shape a second century of scholarship and community, the University recognizes those special benefactors who have supported the institution in extraordinary ways. The Million Dollar Round Table honors individuals, living and deceased, foundations and corporations who have committed or given $1 million or more to Adelphi, either as single or cumulative gifts, during the Campaign for Adelphi University. The vision and generosity of these charter members usher Adelphi into a period of growth, opportunity and driving purpose. This list of names will be supplemented by future supporters, as this growing circle demonstrates its belief in the University’s mission, success, and strategic plan through remarkable philanthropy. Members of this illustrious group have fulfilled pivotal roles in Adelphi’s ambitious comprehensive campus plan. The renovation and expansion of current facilities, along with several new constructions, will provide the requisite support for Adelphi’s high quality academic, artistic, athletic and recreational programs. By investing in

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facilities, these benefactors have enabled Adelphi to realize necessary changes, and enact a bold vision for the future engagement of students, faculty and members of the community. Several members of the Million Dollar Round Table, recognizing that the University thrives on the diversity and well-being of its students, chose to support student scholarships. These include financial assistance offered to attract and retain leading students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, as well as scholarship opportunities for those who might never have experienced the possibilities afforded by an Adelphi education. A substantial scholarship program is a cornerstone of Adelphi’s mission to educate—and expand opportunities for—a diverse student body. The generous philanthropy of some members of The Million Dollar Round Table focused on the faculty, supporting those who teach, research, lead and mentor. The University’s stewardship of exceptional teaching, scholarship and creative activity requires dedicated, consistent efforts. Through their leadership support, they have furthered Adelphi in its mission to attract and support an elite faculty. Respecting the diverse and changing needs of the University and the greater community, some donors asked how their gifts might best serve. Their support will continue to allow Adelphi to meet new challenges, and exceed past limitations. We express sincere gratitude to all who have been so extraordinarily generous, and welcome them to the Million Dollar Round Table. Through their support, Adelphi University has accelerated the momentum gained from strategic leadership and planning. Together we are building a stronger and farther-reaching Adelphi community – one better poised to serve Long Island, the region, the nation, and the world.

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Leon M. Pollack ’63

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

In a knowledge-based world, we have a responsibility to

support higher education to

ensure that all who seek college

degrees can attain them.

Leon Pollack’s longstanding commitment to education began when he earned his B.A. in history from Adelphi University. He then earned his M.A. from New York University and spent several years as a public school teacher in New York City. Mr. Pollack crafted a successful 33-year career in the financial services industry, which culminated as managing director of the fixed-income division at the investment firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He continues to be active with several asset management firms, serving on the board of directors for JB Hanauer & Co., a 75-year-old securities firm, and as a member of the board of several Lazard Asset Management investment funds.

Carol A. Ammon M.B.A.’79

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

Great teachers inspire. The best teacher I ever had was my mother, Mrs. Ruth Ammon, a member of the Class of 1942. Creating an endowed chair in her name was my way of guaranteeing that Adelphi’s tradition of great teaching continues.

Carol A. Ammon is founder and former chairman of Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. After a 23-year career in the pharmaceutical division of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Ms. Ammon led a management team in the 1997 buy-out and founding of Endo Pharmaceuticals. In 2000, Endo became a publicly traded company, with market leadership in pain management. Today, Endo Pharmaceuticals, based in Chadds Ford, PA, is engaged in the research, development, sale, and marketing of branded and generic pharmaceuticals to treat and manage pain. Ms. Ammon was named CEO of the Year in 2004 by the Eastern Technology Council, and received the 2003 Greater Philadelphia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Health Sciences category. More recently, Ms. Ammon won the 2005 Paradigm Award, the Philadelphia region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen. Ms. Ammon is a director, trustee, and Chairman of the Christiana Care Health System of Delaware, and holds a seat on

Mr. Pollack’s expertise in the business and financial worlds is supplemented by his long-term commitment to philanthropy. He has devoted many years to the support of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and, in 2000, was elected to the Adelphi University Board of Trustees. In addition to his support of various institutions of education, he is also a member of the board of trustees at the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst.

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the boards of Adelphi University and the Hagley Museum. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics and is also a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board. Ms. Ammon received her M.B.A. from Adelphi University in 1979; the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education is named in memory of her mother, who received her teaching degree from Adelphi in 1942.

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Leon M.J. Michael Pollack Campbell ’63’65

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

For more than a century, Adelphi has prepared promising students who have changed the world. I can’t think of a better investment than higher education, and Adelphi University in particular.

Mike Campbell earned his B.A. in Economics at Adelphi in 1965, and later earned an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968, having achieved the rank of Captain. Mr. Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominick & Dominick LLC, founded in 1870, and one of the early firms to join the New York Stock Exchange. He joined that firm from Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was the Managing Director and head of the firm’s Private Client Services Group. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Campbell was Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he spent 27 years as an investment professional, branch manager, and head of that firm’s Private Client Services Group. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University, and from 2005-2008, served as Chairman of the Board. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Wellesley Centers for Women.

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Amy ’05 (Hon.) & Horace ’01 (Hon.) Hagedorn Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

I treasure the partnership that Adelphi has established with the not-for-profit sector on Long Island. For years, the University has worked to address social inequities, together with nonprofit organizations both large and small. And now, through its Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Social Work, Adelphi assists the staffs, boards, and volunteers of this important sector to work more effectively in under-served communities.

The influence of Horace and Amy Hagedorn will be felt by generations of Adelphi students. Their generosity brought new energy to the University’s School of Business and continues to educate students, faculty, and members of the greater community on corporate responsibility. There could not be a more fitting tribute to this industry pioneer and legendary advocate of social responsibility. Mr. Hagedorn, the founder of Miracle-Gro, and a pre-eminent philanthropic voice in the Long Island region, will be remembered for his incredible tenacity and success, as well as his generosity of spirit. Adelphi’s business faculty and students work and learn in the Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise, and an annual lecture series on corporate social responsibility bears the family’s name. In honor of his many contributions to the regional community, and to Adelphi, Mr. Hagedorn was awarded an honorary degree in May 2001. His wife, Amy, was similarly honored in 2005, and has been a driving force behind the University’s commitment to early childhood education. Amy served as the President of Sustainable Long Island, a not-for-profit organization she helped to create which is dedicated to promoting environmentally responsible community and economic development and social equity. Between 1996 and 2009, the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation has contributed more than $40.7 million to 362 nonprofit organizations.

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Adele Klapper ’92, M.A. ’99

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

Throughout my childhood and adolescent years, I pictured myself going to college. My dreams became a reality when at 60 I enrolled at Adelphi to study art history. The years when I earned my degrees would become the most enlightening and gratifying of my life. It is my pleasure to support Adelphi.

Adele Klapper is the owner and president of Superior Sewing Machine & Supply, LLC, the company run by her late husband Herbert. Under Herbert’s leadership, Superior Sewing became an international leader in the distribution and sales of sewing machine parts, and is known for providing quality merchandise at a fair price.

Katherine H. Littlefield

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

Nothing demonstrates progress and change like the sight of a new building. Adelphi fosters a remarkable creative spirit in so many of its students. Supporting the new facilities is my way of contributing to that spirit.

Katherine Littlefield, general partner and Chair of Hagedorn Partnership, L.P., is director of the The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the world’s largest lawn and garden company.

Adele and Herbert were passionate art collectors. Every purchase they made was a team decision, he with a keen eye for

In addition to her role at this multinational corporation, she has also provided leadership in philanthropic pursuits. Ms.

value and quality, she with a deep appreciation for beauty. Adele’s favorite piece is undoubtedly Picasso’s 1931 “Tete de

Littlefield has served as a member of the boards for the Pennington School, a co-educational day and boarding school

femme,” a larger-than-life arctic white sculpture. Adele’s long-held dream of attending college was fulfilled when she graduated with a B.A. in Art from Adelphi University in 1992, at the age of 62, and followed that with an M.A. in Art in 1999. Adele has been a generous supporter of and friend to Adelphi University. In 2005, she received the President’s Medal of Merit, the highest award given by an Adelphi president. Adele also works with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the United Jewish Appeal, Hadassah, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In honor of Herbert, Adele is a strong supporter of lung cancer research around the world. Adele and Herbert have two daughters, Bonnie and Wendie, and a son-in-law Lonny, who assumed the management of Superior Sewing upon Herbert’s retirement.

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for grades six through 12, located in Pennington, New Jersey; and the Hagedorn Family Foundation, Inc., which seeks to support and promote social equity on Long Island. This charitable organization works collaboratively with diverse and inclusive communities and partners to create positive change. A member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees since 2005, she has distinguished herself through her outstanding commitment and loyal service to the University. Ms. Littlefield, who was elected to the position of Secretary of the Board in 2008, also serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee for The Campaign for Adelphi, the first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign in the University’s history.

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Brian D. McAuley ’61 ’06(Hon.)

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

I was the first member of my

family to go to college. I had a sense that higher education would open doors for me. Although a financial struggle at times, attending Adelphi was an honor and essential to fulfilling my ambitions.

Eileen R. and Horace G. McDonell, Jr. ’52 ’02 (Hon.) Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

During my career, I valued and benefited from the strong scientific foundation I received at Adelphi. I still believe it is vitally important for people to be scientifically literate as they pursue a career in the modern economy. Eileen and I

Supporting Adelphi is about giving young people

are thrilled to partner with the University so as

the same opportunities I had, and ensuring their

to ensure that the Adelphi experience remains

success and that of society overall.

vibrant, robust, and relevant for today’s students.

Brian McAuley is the cofounder and former president and CEO of Nextel Communications, Inc. Under his leadership, Nextel revolutionized the telecommunications industry and brought new technology to millions of customers. After leaving Nextel, Mr. McAuley joined Imagine Tile, an innovative custom tile manufacturer, where he serves as chairman and his son, Christian, is president. Mr. McAuley has also served as president and chief executive officer of NeoWorld Communications, Inc., and is chairman of Pacific DataVision. He is a member of the board of directors of United Rentals, known as the largest equipment rental company in the world. Mr. McAuley has made a significant commitment of both time and resources to philanthropic activities. He has been Chairman of the board of directors of Covenant House, a national adolescent-care agency, helping homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. He serves on the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Newark, is Vice Chairman of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, and a trustee of the Scholarship Fund For Inner-City Children. A recipient of the Archbishop Peter L. Gerety Award in recognition of his support for the Scholarship Fund, he also was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Archdiocese of Newark at the annual Archbishop’s Gala. Mr. McAuley received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Adelphi in 1961. Nearly 45 years to the day later, he received an honorary degree at the University’s 110th Commencement in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and philanthropy.

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Horace McDonell’s affinity for science was fostered at his alma mater. Soon after earning his bachelor’s degree in physics from Adelphi, he joined the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, a leader in the fields of analytical instruments, fine optics, and electro-optical systems. That same year, Mr. McDonell and Eileen Romar, also an Adelphi alumna, were married. Over a span of 38 years at Perkin-Elmer, Mr. McDonell held engineering, marketing, and management roles within the corporation, eventually ascending the ranks to Chairman and CEO; a position he held until his retirement in 1990. Mr. McDonell’s impressive career at Perkin-Elmer led to several prestigious positions in the corporate world. Over the years he served as director of Ethan Allen Interiors, Hubbell, Uniroyal, Etec, and Silicon Valley Group corporations. Drawing on his extensive experience, Mr. McDonell also provided leadership in not-for-profit pursuits, serving on the boards of Danbury Hospital, Ability Beyond Disability (Formerly Datahr Rehabilitation Institute), and the American Electronics Association, where he also served as Chairman. The McDonells’ commitment to education and the advancement of science is evident in their longstanding involvement with Adelphi. Since he graduated in 1952, Mr. McDonell and his wife have made invaluable contributions to the University, the scientific community, and the community at large. In addition, Mr. McDonell has devoted years of service as a member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and community involvement, in 2002 Mr. McDonell received an honorary degree from his alma mater, and in 2009, he was honored for his Lifetime of Service to Adelphi.

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Thomas F. Motamed ’71

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

I first learned the meaning of discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, and leadership

while playing lacrosse at Adelphi. I’ve carried these values with me and owe

my professional success to them.

Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon.)

Charter Member, Million Dollar Roundtable

If Adelphi were a Fortune 500 company, its recent success would be considered one of the greatest turnaround stories of all time.

Thomas Motamed graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Adelphi University. He then went on to earn

Robert Willumstad served as Chairman and CEO of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, before leading the company as

his Juris Doctor from the Widener University school of law, before embarking on a career in the world of property and

President and Chief Operating Officer; a position he held until his retirement in 2005. After his successful career with

casualty insurance.

Citigroup, he served as Chairman of the Board of American International Group Inc. (AIG).

Over the course of his 31-year career at The Chubb Corporation, Mr. Motamed held a number of increasingly senior-level

His highly respected career has led to positions on the Board of Directors of multinational corporations including

management positions, which culminated in his role as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. From there, he went

MasterCard International, S.C. Johnson & Son, and the Commercial International Bank of Egypt. Mr. Willumstad, who

on to lead the CNA Financial Corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

was elected to the Adelphi Board of Trustees in 2005, has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity

Mr. Motamed’s expertise in the insurance industry is surpassed only by his commitment to philanthropy. Over the years

International, and is a Trustee for the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

he has brought his wealth of knowledge and vast experience to the Board of Directors of After School Matters and World

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and community involvement, Mr. Willumstad, who attended Adelphi as an

Business Chicago. He was elected to the Adelphi University Board of Trustees in 2005.

undergraduate student, received an honorary degree from the University in 2005.

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