Israel to lead LIU global institute, and write on

Retirement plan: Outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel has no plans to take it easy, signing on to run LIU's new global-studies institute.

If you had “[Insert Distinguished Vocation Here]-in-Residence at a Long Island college” on your Steve Israel After-Congress Bingo card, fill it in.

Long Island University announced Tuesday that the longtime U.S. representative will join LIU as chairman of the new LIU Institute for Global Issues and a Distinguished Writer in Residence on Jan. 4, immediately following his retirement from Congress. Israel, who rose to become a chief messaging and campaign strategist for House democrats, announced in early 2016 that his eighth term – and this 16th year in Congress – would be his last.

Kimberly Cline: Israel uniquely qualified to lead global-studies institute.

Long Island University President Kimberly Cline said Israel’s longtime advocacy for the Island’s Third Congressional District and his “role within House leadership” over his 16-year congressional tenure make him the ideal leader for the Brookville-based university’s new global-issues hub.

“Steve Israel has played a significant role in shaping our nation and the world,” Cline noted. “His experiences on the House Armed Services and Appropriations committees … have uniquely positioned Steve to provide LIU with expertise and guidance as we build a world-class global-studies institute.”

The LIU Institute for Global Issues, which will focus primarily on U.S. foreign policy and national security matters, will also house and display Israel’s “official congressional records,” the university noted. The records – which include correspondence, emails and other documents offering a glimpse behind the congressional curtain during such historical incidents as the 9/11 attacks, the 2008 financial meltdown and the battle over the Affordable Care Act – will be curated and hosted by LIU Post’s B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.

Long Island University Board of Trustees Chairman Eric Krasnoff, the former president and CEO of the Pall Corp., said the school was honored to host the “Israel papers.”

“Housing these records on campus will give LIU students and faculty a unique view into how our political system works and how future leaders might work to improve it,” Krasnoff said.

In addition to heading up the global-studies center, Israel will become an LIU Distinguished Writer in Residence, allowing him an opportunity to follow up on his critically acclaimed debut satire, “The Global War on Morris.”

Israel, who noted he’s “always been drawn to LIU” as a congressman, called the school “a jewel in New York’s Third Congressional District” and predicted the new institute would grow into “a premier regional platform for understanding a world that’s increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex.”

“Our nonpartisan mission will include bringing world leaders, thinkers and analysts to campus,” the outgoing U.S. representative said in a statement, adding the global-issues institute would also serve as an informational and analytical resource for the university, regional business leaders and social activists, while “helping to prepare students to change our world with new models of innovation and social entrepreneurship.”

A “launch event” heralding the LIU Institute for Global Issues, featuring former Secretary of State Colin Powell, is scheduled for March 2 at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. More information on the Powell appearance is available here.


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