Message from the President

Welcome to the 22nd annual Hofstra Gala. Tonight, we are proud to honor Steven Witkoff, a distinguished alumnus and member of our Board of Trustees.

Steven Witkoff’s story is defined by determination and entrepreneurial spirit. He began his career as a real estate attorney for some of the most successful developers in New York City, until he struck out on his own and joined the ranks of those successful developers. He co-founded Stellar Management Company and later founded The Witkoff Group, a market leader in the development of premier real estate projects in major cities across the globe.

As chairman and chief executive officer of The Witkoff Group, with extensive experience in all aspects of the development process, from financing and acquisitions through construction, he has successfully led the repositioning of over 70 properties comprising some 18 million square feet in major central business districts in the United States and abroad.

Along the way, Steven Witkoff’s drive to succeed has been matched by a sense of purpose, a desire to invest his time and resources in the success of others.

At Hofstra, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015, Steven Witkoff has created a scholarship that bears his name, as well as supporting the creation of an undergraduate research program at Honors College that allows students to work as research assistants with faculty on advanced research projects. He also supports a student emergency fund at Honors College.

Steven Witkoff earned a B.A. degree in political science and a J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and is a former Alumnus of the Year. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, is a trustee of the Intrepid Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).

His professional achievements and his commitment to giving back exemplify the spirit of Hofstra Pride and Purpose.

Thank you for supporting Hofstra’s Annual Gala. Your financial support of this special event will provide scholarship support to deserving students who are among the best and brightest in the nation. We are especially grateful for the efforts made by the Journal and Dinner committee members to ensure the success of this event.

Sincerely,
Stuart Rabinowitz