Cornell Hillel's Board of Trustees is pleased to award the 2011 Tanner Prize to Robert J. Katz '69 for his contributions to the Jewish people and to Cornell University. The prize will be presented on June 6th in New York City at the Cornell Club.
Cornell University Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Harold Tanner '52 will present the prize bearing his name, and Cornell President David J. Skorton will also speak at the luncheon.
The Tanner Prize, established by Cornell Hillel's Board of Trustees in 2004, is awarded to a person, couple or family making significant contributions to Cornell and to Jewish life.
"I am honored that Cornell Hillel has chosen me for this prestigious award," said Mr. Katz. "The Tanner Prize embodies two of my greatest passions, Cornell and Jewish people."
Robert J. Katz '69 is chair of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, having served on its board since 1999. He is a past recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Human Relations Award and of the American Friends of the Hebrew University's Torch of Learning Award. At Cornell, Katz is a vice chair of the Board of Trustees, national chair of the Annual Fund, a vice chair of the Far Above Campaign, and a member of the Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.
Katz is a senior director of Goldman Sachs, having served for 13 years as general counsel following 14 years as a partner and associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.