The Hobart College Alumni Association awarded the Hobart Medal of Excellence to Reynold Levy '66, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Lincoln Center, New York City.
President Mark D. Gearan and Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, P'94, chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Levy for bringing honor and distinction to the Colleges. A photo page from the event is available, as well as a transcript of Levy's acceptance speech.
Levy became president of the Lincoln Center in New York City, the largest performing arts complex in the world, in 2002. The Lincoln Center is an umbrella for 12 resident companies that include the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School. As president, Levy is working to increase facilities and enhance programming with $1.2 billion worth of capital.
From 1977-1984, Levy was executive director of the 92nd Street Y. Under his management, the Y grew to include the New York Chamber Symphony and the American Jewish Theater. In 1984, Levy became president of the AT&T Foundation where he worked to support performing and visual arts programs. Before joining Lincoln Center, Levy was head of the International Rescue Committee, the world's principal refugee resettlement organization.
“The future of the Lincoln Center will have an impact on performing arts around the country and the world,” Levy said in the Pulteney St. Survey story “Top Billing.” “It is a New York City cultural destination and a symbol of New York's resilience in the face of 9-11.”
Recipients of the Medal, the Alumni Association's highest honor, are selected based on their “outstanding accomplishments and leadership in [their] particular business, profession, or community activities.” Levy was recommended by a special nominating committee, which reviewed several hundred potential candidates.