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Presidential Medal

The Hofstra University Presidential Medal is one of the most prestigious awards given by the University to distinguished persons in recognition of outstanding career achievement, scholarly excellence, leadership in the professions, noteworthy public service or humanitarian endeavors.

The Hofstra University Presidential Medal was first awarded in 1977 by President James M. Shuart.

Presidential Medal Recipients

  • Saul Bellow
  • Ralph C. Bledsoe
  • Maurice Couve de Murville
  • David Eisenhower
  • John Eisenhower
  • Milton Eisenhower
  • Edgar Faure
  • Robert W. Greene
  • Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
  • Raymond H. Malone
  • Hon. Joseph N. Mondello
  • Bill Moyers
  • Maureen Reagan
  • Hon. Sol Wachtler
  • 1979   Abba Eban
  • Dec. 1979   Isaac Beshavis Singer
  • Mar. 1983   Harold Wilson
  • Apr. 1983   Clark Clifford
  • Apr. 1983   Margaret Truman Daniel
  • Jun. 1983   George G. Dempster ‘61
  • Sept. 1983   John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Mar. 1984   Theodore Bickel
  • Mar. 1984   Clare Boothe Luce
  • May 1984   Emil V. Cianciulli ‘52
  • May 22, 1994  Paul B. Townsend
  • June 29, 1984   Hon. Francis T. Purcell
  • Sept. 1984   Basil Patterson
  • Sept. 1984  Frank J. Stanton
  • Mar. 29, 1985   Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
  • Mar. 29, 1985   Theodore C. Sorenson
  • Mar. 30, 1985   Pierre Salinger
  • Apr. 18, 1985   Robert H. Atwell
  • May 11, 1985   Frederick de Matteis
  • Nov. 1985   Howard Weingrow
  • Apr. 24, 1987   Hon. Marcus C. Christ
  • Apr. 24, 1987   Hon. Frank A. Gulotta
  • Apr. 24, 1987   Hon. Bernard S. Meyer
  • Oct. 1987   Grace Murray Hopper
  • Nov. 19, 1987   Dr. Henry Kissinger
  • Apr. 1988   Elie Wiesel
  • Feb. 1989   Dr. Mary Emery
  • Mar. 11, 1989   Morris Carnovsky
  • May 1989   Hon. Dalton R. Miller
  • Nov. 1989   Anthony T. Procelli
  • Sept. 1990   James Duffy
  • Oct. 10, 1990   Dan Laurence
  • Nov. 4, 1991   H.R.H Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
  • Dec. 1991   Bernard J. Fixler
  • May 17, 1992    Judith A. Langer
  • Jun. 1992   Hon. Joseph M. Margiotta
  • Nov. 5, 1993   Myron H. Luke
  • May 22, 1994    Frank G. Zarb ‘57
  • May 22, 1994    Zachary W. Carter
  • May 22, 1994    Paul B. Townsend
  • Sept. 5, 1996   Rochelle M. Lowenfeld
  • May 30, 1997   M. James Fellman
  • Jun. 20, 1997   Hon. David S. Mack ‘67
  • Jun. 19, 1998   Boomer Esiason
  • Nov. 13, 1998   Frank Sinatra
  • Nov. 13, 1998   Alan King
  • Nov. 13, 1998   Vic Damone
  • Feb. 27, 1999   Ossie Davis
  • Feb. 27, 1999   Ruby Dee
  • Oct. 21, 1999   Tippi Hedren
  • Oct. 21, 1999   Theresa Wright
  • Jun. 10, 1999   Peter S. Kalikow ‘65
  • Dec. 15, 1999   Carol A. Bronzo ‘54
  • May 2000   Hon. Mayanne Trump Barry
  • Sept. 12, 2000   Richard T. Bennett
  • May 30, 2001   J. Richard Block ‘52
  • Dec. 23, 2001   Edwin G. Burrows
  • May 20, 2002   David C. Christman
  • Dec. 22, 2002   Deanna Chitayat
  • Mar 2, 2003   P.J. Kalff
  • Mar. 28, 2003   Cy Coleman
  • May 2003   James Watson
  • May 18, 2003    Sylvia Giallombardo
  • May 29, 2003    Nelson DeMille ‘70
  • May 29, 2003    Donald E. Axinn ‘75
  • Nov. 3, 2003   Mario Vargas Llosa
  • May 24, 2004   Rev. Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman
  • Sept. 2004   Frank J. Stanton
  • May 26, 2005   Robert Wood Johnson
  • May 22, 2005   Hon. Charles E. Schumer
  • Oct. 20, 2005   Raymond Cross
  • Nov. 5, 2005   Arthur Levitt, Jr.
  • May 4, 2006   Helene Fortunoff
  • May 3, 2007   Patricia K. Zarb, ‘57
  • May 20, 2007    Ellen V. Futter, J.D.
  • May 18, 2008    Adam Liptak
  • May 18, 2008    The Honorable David Paterson ‘83
  • May 6, 2009   Dr. Robert F. Engle
  • May 6, 2010   Joseph Shapiro
  • May 16, 2010    Dora B. Schriro
  • Dec. 1, 2010    Joseph Grundfest
  • May 22, 2011    The Honorable Eric T. Schneiderman
  • May 19, 2014    Judith A. Livingston, J.D. ‘79
  • Oct. 23, 2015   Beatrice A. King
  • May 17, 2015   Kathleen Rice
  • May 15, 2016   Michael Roberge, ‘92