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CAMBRIDGE, MA—Roy M. Goodman of New York, former State Senator and CEO of the United Nations Development Corporation, and his family, have generously endowed a professorship at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professorship of Diplomacy and International Relations will be held by a prominent member of the faculty who is dedicated to resolving conflicts through diplomacy.
The faculty member holding the position will work with the Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project, which promotes the study and understanding of diplomacy, negotiation, and statecraft in an increasingly complex and globalized world. The professorship will expand the School’s reach in this growing area of focus; currently more than 200 HKS students are involved with the project.
Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, expressed the Kennedy School’s gratitude to the Goodman family. “We are very proud that the Goodman family has endowed this professorship,” said Burns. “This generous and visionary gift will help the Kennedy School to achieve its mission to be a leading global center for scholarship, research, and teaching on the central role of diplomacy in the 21st century.”
A native of New York City, Senator Roy Goodman represented the East Side of Manhattan in the New York State Senate for 33 years (1969–2002). As a moderate Republican, he sponsored more than 1,200 bills that became law, including initiatives to increase women’s reproductive rights, improve gun control, and augment protections against domestic violence. He also fought for affordable housing, school construction, arts programs, lower taxes, and less discrimination.
“I have high hopes,” said Senator Goodman, “that by creating this professorship, Kennedy School students will be exposed to a skilled individual who has mastered the practice of consensus building, collaborative problem solving, negotiation techniques and diplomacy. These students will have a multiplier effect in passing on these skills as they fulfill their roles as world leaders and public servants.”
“Our family is delighted to make the gift of a professorship to the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School to expand the program’s reach and attract the best and brightest minds to public service” said Claire, Leslie, and Randy Goodman.“Dad has always believed that diplomacy and collaboration are essential to solving the world’s complex problems at home and abroad. It is our hope that this gift will celebrate his legacy, both as a State Senator and as CEO of the United Nations Development Corporation, of reaching across the aisle and building consensus to forge solutions. The Kennedy School provides an excellent platform for training future leaders and promoting the study of statecraft and diplomacy in the international arena.”
“Senator Goodman has a unique ability to cross partisan and geographic boundaries,” said David Ellwood, HKS dean and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy. “He was a remarkable public servant. He serves as an inspiration to all those who are driven to make the world a better place. The Goodmans’ generous gift will help us carry on his efforts for international engagement and common understanding.”
The Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professorship of Diplomacy and International Relations will support a faculty member or an international leader with demonstrated academic scholarship or exceptional professional experience.