Dr. Vartan Gregorian brought the dichotomy that defines him — stellar academic and intellectual achievements and supreme low-key and humorous attitude — to a formal luncheon at Tufts University on May 22, when he received the Fletcher School Dean’s Medal, from Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco. The award is given by the dean to honor those who have demonstrated distinguished service to education and to the school’s greater mission of promoting peace, prosperity and justice in the world.
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Dean Admiral James Stavridis introduced Gregorian and enumerated his achievements.
“He has received 70 honorary degrees” during the course of “a life that is original in every sense and American in every sense,” Stavridis said. “He is a scholar, historian and great friend of this community.”
Gregorian is the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in June 1997, Gregorian served for nine years as the president of Brown University...
...Gregorian spoke at length about the history of philanthropy and the difference between philanthropy and charity. “They are really different sides of the same coin,” he said, with charity having a religious inspiration and philanthropy a secular one.
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