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Gala Honors Steven Witkoff and Teachers of the Year

The 22nd annual Hofstra University Gala on May 3, 2018, is honoring Steven Witkoff, BA ’80, JD ’83, Chairman and CEO The Witkoff Group. Also to be recognized are the 2017-18 Teachers of the Year, selected by current graduating students in each school.

Hofstra Trustee and Gala Honoree Steven Witkoff

Steven Witkoff is chairman and CEO of The Witkoff Group, a privately held, global real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City. Prior to founding the firm in 1997, Mr. Witkoff co-founded Stellar Management Company, where he acquired and repositioned a portfolio of residential buildings in New York City. Mr. Witkoff previously practiced as an attorney in real estate law at Dreyer & Traub and Rosenman & Colin, where he represented a number of large developers and investors.

Mr. Witkoff holds a BA from Hofstra University and a JD from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and he currently serves as a member of Hofstra’s Board of Trustees. He served on the Executive Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and as a trustee for the Intrepid Foundation.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons recently announced the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year. The recipients will be formally recognized at the Hofstra Gala.

Every March, graduating students are invited to vote online for the faculty they feel are most deserving of recognition as distinguished teachers. All faculty members who have taught a minimum of three full years at Hofstra are eligible for the Teacher of the Year award. The faculty members selected receive an engraved plaque, recognition in the commencement program, and a monetary award.

Edward Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Professions

School of Health Professions and Human Services


Brenda J. Elsey, PhD, Associate Professor of History

Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD, Associate Professor of Psychology

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Tammy A. Gales, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics

School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Carlo A. Gennarelli, MA, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film

Lawrence Herbert School of Communication


Tatiana Gordon, MS ’92; EdD, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology

School of Education

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Richard J. Puerzer, PhD, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering

Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science


Anoop Rai, PhD, Professor of Finance

Frank G. Zarb School of Business


James Sample, JD, Professor of Law

Maurice A. Deane School of Law


Christine Zammit, MS, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies


Zeinab Nassrallah, PhD (1st 100 weeks), Assistant Professor of Science Education

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Edward S. Wind, MD (2nd 100 weeks)

Associate Professor of Science Education and Radiology

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


The Hofstra Gala takes place at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, North Campus. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Cocktail attire is requested.

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