The gift, the largest ever for the school's science division, will be used to establish the Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science at CCNY, the first endowed deanship in the university's 165-year history. A nationwide search to fill the position is under way, according to CCNY provost Martin Moskovits. The gift also will be used to create the Cohen Fund for Science, which will provide start-up funds to establish the deanship and at least two endowed Cohen Professorships in the science division. Matching gifts could generate additional funds to establish at least four more endowed professorships.
Martin Cohen is co-chair and co-CEO of New York City-based investment company Cohen & Steers and serves as chairman of the City College 21st Century Foundation, CCNY's principal fundraising arm. Michele Cohen serves on the boards of Alfred University, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the University of Vermont Foundation.
"This transformative gift will enable our Division of Science to position itself alongside science programs at the best public research universities in America," said CCNY president Lisa S. Coico. "On behalf of the entire City College community I want to thank Marty and Michele Cohen for their extraordinary vision, leadership, and generosity."