Oral history interview with Neil R. Grabois, 2012


Grabois, Neil R (Interviewee)
Weiss, Thomas (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Neil R. Grabois, 2012
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 Va rtan 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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Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Mathematicians; Endowments; Education, Higher--Africa; Libraries--Africa; Women--Education (Higher); Grabois, Neil R; Carnegie Corporation of New York; New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 2005- ); Colgate University; Williams College
oral histories
Physical Description
91 pages; 1 digital audio file (103 min.); 1 digital audio file (66 min.)
Note (Biographical)
Mathematician; Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
Interviewed by Thomas G. Weiss on April 6, 2012
Note (Provenance)
Neil R. Grabois, Gift 2012
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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