The Zuckerman Fellows Program stands in stark contrast to the narrow professional training that is all too common in the educational world today. The animating idea behind this fellowship is cross-pollination: the creativity that results from bringing the perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines to bear on public sector problems.
Mort Zuckerman, the fellowship's donor, is himself a testament to the value of such a multidisciplinary approach. After earning degrees in law and business, Zuckerman taught city and regional planning at both Harvard and Yale. After working at the real estate firm Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, he cofounded Boston Properties in 1970. Today this real estate investment trust, which owns, manages, and develops first-class properties, is one of the largest and most respected firms in the sector.
Zuckerman is also the chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report and chairman and publisher of the New York Daily News. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Policies, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He serves as a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, the Aspen Institute, New York University, the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, and the Center for Communications.
Zuckerman's career demonstrates that it is quite possible to achieve professional and business success while being deeply engaged in the most pressing issues our society faces. The fellowship he has established will help ensure that future generations of professionals will be able to explore and be enriched by the challenges of public service leadership.