Although now retired, David Joel Steinberg has had a memorable career in the education sector, leaving behind an indelible mark at one of New York’s finest institutions of higher education. For almost three decades, Dr. Steinberg was at the helm of Long Island University (LIU). As the institution’s ninth and longest-serving president, he was able to grow LIU into one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the United States. He began his career in academia as a history professor at the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1973. Afterward, Dr. Steinberg joined Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., where he held the posts of executive assistant to the president, university secretary and vice president. Dr. Steinberg then joined LIU in 1985, remaining there until his retirement in 2013.
Dr. Steinberg matriculated at Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1959; a Master of Arts in 1963; and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1964. Additionally, he holds an honorary Legum Doctor from Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea; a Doctor of Literature from Kyung Hee University in Seoul; an honorary degree from Long Island University; and a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Francis College.
Using his extensive experience as a historian, Dr. Steinberg wrote “Philippine Collaboration in World War II,” “The Philippines, a Singular and a Plural Place,” “Asia in Western and World History: A Guide for Teaching,” and “A Preface to the Future: A History of Long Island University through the Turbulent Sixties.” He is also the co-author of “The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History” and “Religion and Religiosity in the Philippines and Indonesia: Essays on State, Society, and Public Creeds.”
Dr. Steinberg has been recognized as an English-Speaking Union Exchange Scholar by Malvern College, a National Defense Education Act Scholar and a Fulbright Foundation Exchange Scholar. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2013 and the University Press Award in 1969. Dr. Steinberg is proud of his namesake’s $45-million, 2,500-seat facility on the Brooklyn campus, the Steinberg Wellness Center, which is home court of the Blackbirds basketball team.
Dr. Steinberg was named a Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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