Manhattan College will honor Richard T. Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress (NYBC), with the 2015 De La Salle medal at the College’s annual De La Salle dinner on January 20, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
A nationally recognized association executive and urban planner, Anderson has ushered in a period of unprecedented influence and growth for the New York Building Congress, a nonprofit association that promotes the design, construction and real estate community. As an association that advocates sound public policy and infrastructure investment on behalf of more than 250,000 professionals in the construction industry, Anderson ensures that the NYBC’s goals are in line with all the members of the New York City building community.
Under Anderson’s leadership, the 93-year-old organization has experienced exceptional growth, with a focus on upgrading and expanding New York City’s aging infrastructure. Anderson has increased the organization’s membership, strengthened its financial position and has fostered industry-wide cooperation in petitioning for long-term capital investment in New York City construction. He has also focused on managing the high construction costs that New York City construction projects entail, and maintaining consistent growth in the construction industry’s employment figures.
A New York City native, Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University and completed post-graduate doctoral studies in public administration at New York University. He has been an active member of the Manhattan College community, serving as the chairman and co-chairman of previous De La Salle dinners.
The De La Salle Dinner honors individuals and corporations that embody the Lasallian principles of excellence, leadership and service to society. Past honorees include Rudolph Giuliani ’65, former mayor of New York City, Anne Mulcahy, chair of Xerox Corporation, Eugene McGrath ’63, former chair and chief executive officer of Con Edison, and Milo Riverso ’81, chief executive officer and president of STV Group, Inc.
As Manhattan College’s top fundraising event, proceeds from the De La Salle Dinner are applied to a variety of needs on campus, including student scholarships and financial aid. The black-tie event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. To attend the dinner or for more information, contact Tiana Sloan, director of corporate and foundation relations, at (718) 862-7431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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