Kenneth Schwartz, Tulane Architecture Dean, named Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.
The below announcement was circulated to the entire Tulane Community on April 6, 2015.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
On November 17, 2014, President Fitts and Tulane Board member Phyllis Taylor announced a major university-wide initiative. The establishment of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking will bring Tulane faculty, students and researchers from a wide array of disciplines together to work collaboratively on practical solutions to real-life problems in a variety of areas, including the environment, education, health care and more.
At this time, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Schwartz as the founding director of the Taylor Center. In recognition of this leadership role, he will be named as the first Sacks Endowed Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. This chair has been funded by the Michael Sacks Fund for Social Entrepreneurship and is named for Michael J. Sacks (A&S ’84).
Ken will assume the directorship in addition to his role as dean of the School of Architecture. For the past seven years Ken has guided the School of Architecture’s increasing involvement with the community and focus on social issues, which mirror the central issues of importance to the Taylor Center. The School has also housed the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship since its inception nearly three years ago. Ken has led the growth of the Tulane City Center, a social entrepreneurship enterprise in its own right. For the past three years he has been working with eight endowed Social Entrepreneurship Professors, and more recently with deans and center directors across all units of Tulane University in building a collaborative approach to the launch of this exciting new initiative.
Ken says, “I greatly admire the faculty, staff and alumni who have moved the institution forward in connecting their talents with real world challenges. We are very well positioned to realize the vision articulated by our two lead donors in this effort. We are also poised to embrace the commitment and opportunity for students and faculty to amplify the positive difference they are already making with many pressing social challenges.”
In addition to celebrating Ken’s appointment, I am also delighted to announce that Tulane University has been selected as the host university for the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange, an international conference of institutions of higher education that work in the area of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. This will be a fitting moment to celebrate the great work that has taken place for many years at Tulane and the advances we will see thanks to the formation of the Taylor Center.
With all best wishes and with warm regards,
Michael A. Bernstein
John Christie Barr Professor of History
Professor of Economics
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost