Yale Dedicates Greenberg Conference Center for International Programs

President Richard C. Levin and Maurice R. Greenberg cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new Greenberg Conference Center.

On September 21, 2009, Yale University welcomed Maurice Greenberg and other guests to the dedication of a new facility made possible through his leadership gift to Yale. The Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects to host international programs that bring to campus established and emerging leaders in business, education, and industry. Already it has welcomed gatherings of the World Fellows and delegations from both India and China.

The event was held in the Center’s dining hall, following a meeting of the President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA) that culminated in an interview titled “Reflections on China” with PBS executive editor and anchor Charlie Rose and Maurice Greenberg. More than ninety guests, including alumni, PCIA members, and Greenberg’s family and friends, gathered for the ceremony and luncheon.

The Greenberg Conference Center is located on Prospect Street adjacent to the Betts House, the headquarters of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and the World Fellows Program. It is designed with a sloping amphitheater and classrooms equipped for audiovisual presentations and language translation, and its dining hall and lobby recall some of the campus’s most elegant architecture. These features are ideal to support the continued growth of the University’s educational mission and welcome representatives from around the world to Yale.

Ambassador John D. Negroponte ’60, Yale senior research fellow and lecturer, offers a toast celebrating Maurice Greenberg.In his dedicatory remarks, President Levin said that the Greenberg Conference Center gives Yale’s international programs an appropriate home and at the same time allows for further expansion of international executive education, which will enhance efforts to collaborating with universities and institutions worldwide. Greenberg also addressed the guests, and together he and Levin cut the ceremonial ribbon to a standing ovation, formally dedicating the new conference center. 

Maurice Greenberg is among the most generous supporters of Yale and its global initiatives. In addition to contributing to the Greenberg Conference Center, he is the lead benefactor of the Greenberg Yale-China Initiative, which brings leaders from China and other countries to Yale through the World Fellows Program and provides full funding for students to study in China as Greenberg Scholars.  In recognition of his transformative gifts, Greenberg has been named a Yale Sterling Fellow.

Greenberg is the chair and chief executive officer of C.V. Starr and Company. He retired as chair and chief executive officer of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in 2005 after forty years of visionary leadership. Active in a number of charitable and civic organizations, Greenberg is chair of the Starr Foundation and chair emeritus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also director of the Institute for International Economics, chair of the Nixon Center, and the founding chair of the U.S.-Philippine Business Committee.

(October 2, 2009)

October 2, 2009