The Honourable John Brademas

President Emeritus
New York University

Dr. John Brademas was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. After graduating from South Bend Central High School he served in the US Navy (1945-46). He is a graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude) and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and from which he received his Ph.D.

Dr. Brademas served as US Representative in Congress from Indiana’s Third District (1958-81). Dr. Brademas served as the president of New York University (1981-1992). He is the chairman on the National Endowment for Democracy and International Trustees of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. Dr. Brademas is a noted statesman, educator, and advocate of democracy worldwide. During his 22 years as a United States Congressman, he championed legislation for civil rights, the arts, and education at all levels. He has associated himself with a series of national and international organizations committed to good governance, the rule of law, civil society, common living, and peace. He enhanced both the academic reputation and the endowment of New York University while serving as its President.

Dr. Brademas has extensive experience in trusteeship having served on the boards of numerous of philanthropic, corporate, and humanitarian organizations including the Rockefeller and Onassis Foundations. His effectiveness in these positions has often been recognized through awards, such as being named a ‘Distinguished friend of Oxford’ for his work in the University’s development campaign. His circle of influence and friends includes senior religious, political, and business leaders from all parts of the world. Dr. Brademas is a Methodist, but he is of Greek origin and has worked extensively with the Orthodox Church.