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John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York University, was NYU President from 1981 to 1992. Before coming to New York, Dr. Brademas served as United States Representative in Congress from Indiana's Third District for 22 years (1959-81), the last four as House Majority Whip. While in Congress he was a member of the Committee on Education and Labor where he played a leading role in writing most of the Federal legislation enacted during that time concerning schools, colleges and universities; services for the elderly and the handicapped; libraries and museums; the arts and humanities.
Dr. Brademas is serving, by appointment of President Clinton, as Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is also Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and a member of the Consultants' Panel to the Comptroller General of the United States.
Co-sponsor of the 1965 legislation creating the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH), Dr. Brademas for ten years chaired the Congressional subcommittee with jurisdiction over them. He was chief House sponsor of the Arts, Humanities and Cultural Affairs Act; Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act; Museum Services Act; Library Services and Construction Act; National Commission on Libraries and Information Services Act; Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Eduction Act; and International Education Act. He was also a major co- author of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; the Higher Education Acts of 1972 and 1976, which focused on student aid; and the measureasure creatinq the National Institute of Education.
In 1990 he co-chaired the bipartisan Independent Commission, mandated by Conqress to review the grant-making procedures of the NEA.
Dr. Brademas has served on a number of boards and national commissions or subjects ranging from the arts to higher education, foreign policy, jobs and small business, historic documents and records, and science, technology and government.
He is Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and co-chairs the Center for Science, Technology and Congress at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
Former chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dr Brademas also served on the boards of Overseers of Harvard, New York Stock Exchange and Rockefeller Foundation and the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. He is a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Academy of Athens. He serves on several corporate board as well as boards of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation American Council for the Arts, Center for National Policy and The Spanish Institute.
A graduate of Harvard and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and from which he received his Ph.D., Dr. Brademas has been awarded honorary degrees by 47 colleges and universities. He has also received the annual Award for Distinguished9uished Service to the Arts of the American Academy and Insitute of Arts and Letters.