Honoree - Bradamas
Global Education Achievement Award — 2004
For more than four decades, from the halls of Congress to the walls of academe, John Brademas has been a powerful and persuasive voice in assuring educational access to students of every age, race and creed. Serving for 22 years (1959-1981) in the United States House of Representatives from Indiana, he championed excellence in education and the arts. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and as House Majority Whip, he influenced virtually every piece of major legislation enacted during his tenure affecting elementary, secondary, vocational and higher education.
He was a major sponsor of the Higher Education Acts of 1972 and 1976, which focused on student financial aid, and was chief architect of the International Education Act of 1966.
He was also chief House sponsor of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act; the Arts, Humanities and Cultural Affairs Act; Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act; the Museum Services Act; and Library Services and Construction Act.
He served on the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance where he was chairman of its subcommittee on graduate education.
In 1981, he took on a new challenge — the presidency of New York University, now the largest private university in the world, and led the transition of NYU from a regional commuter institution to a national and international residential research university.
On the world stage, his influence and commitment to global education are as profound as his legacy in the United States.
In awarding him an honorary degree last year, the University of Oxford described him as “a man of varied talents and extraordinary energy, the most practical of academics, the most scholarly of men of action.”
Chairman for seven years, by appointment of President Clinton, of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, he also served for seven years as chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy.
He is a founding director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe and is a member of the Committee on Economic Development, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on the United States and Spain. , U.S.–Japan Foundation, National and International Advisory Councils of Transparency International, American-European Community Association (USA) and the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage.
Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation, he is also a trustee of the World Conference on Religions for Peace, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and International Council of the Central European University in Budapest.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Education (USA), member of The Academy of Athens, European Academy of Sciences and Arts and National Academy of Education of Argentina.
Dr. Brademas chaired the first Congressional delegation during the Carter Administration to visit the People’s Republic of China in 1977 and, in 1985 took part in the first Chinese-U.S. University Presidents’ Seminar in Beijing.
He is founder of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University and was decorated by the Minister of Education and Culture of Spain (1997) with the Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio. A Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France, he has received other awards from the Presidents of Cyprus, Greece and Italy and Mayors of Athens and Barcelona.
A graduate of Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on the anarchist movement in Spain.
At Fairleigh Dickinson University Commencement ceremonies at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, on May 17, 2004, Dr. Brademas will deliver the keynote address to the nearly 2,000 graduates and their guests. He will receive the Global Education Achievement Award from University President J. Michael Adams.