NYU Schack Institute Of Real Estate To Honor Scott H. Rechler at 43rd Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner

Distinguished NYU Schack Alumnus to Receive Coveted Real Estate Award


New York, August 12, 2013 – The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) announced today that Scott H. Rechler, chairman and chief executive officer of RXR Realty LLC, will be honored at its 43rd Urban Leadership Award Dinner to be held on October 3, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The Urban Leadership Award annually recognizes a leading real estate professional who advances the industry’s growth and prestige. Past recipients have included Stephen M. Ross, John E. Zuccotti, William C. Rudin, Douglas Durst, Bruce Ratner, Michael D. Fascitelli, Mary Ann Tighe, and most recently, Mitchell E. Rudin.

The Urban Leadership Award Dinner is NYU Schack’s largest fundraising event of the year, generating funds for student enrichment programs. Attended by more than 700 top industry professionals, the evening begins with cocktails in the Jade and Astor reception rooms and continues into the Grand Ballroom for dinner and a brief program toasting the honoree. This year’s dinner co-chairs are: James D. Kuhn, NYU Schack Advisory Board chairman and president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Bruce E. Mosler, chairman of Global Brokerage of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.; and Robert S. Blumenthal, managing director of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., who will come together with an impressive roster of other industry giants to honor Rechler.

“With his professional achievements, as well as his civic and philanthropic leadership roles, Scott Rechler is a Schack grad who truly exemplifies the essence of this award,” said Rosemary Scanlon, divisional dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. “His accomplishments in the industry represent NYU Schack at its best and guide the way for future graduates to make an impact in real estate.”

Rechler leads the multibillion dollar private real estate company RXR Realty, which has become one of the New York tri-state area’s most active real estate companies with a $7.5 billion portfolio. The company was formed in January 2007 subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates to SL Green. Rechler had served as chief executive officer and as chairman of the board during Reckson's dynamic growth throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, and Connecticut.  In June 2011, Rechler was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and in September 2011, he was named to serve as the Board's Vice Chairman.  Rechler earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from NYU Schack in 1990.

“Scott Rechler is one of the most distinguished and successful professionals in our industry,” said James D. Kuhn. “As an active member of NYU Schack’s Advisory Committee, he is supportive of our programming and applies his expertise to advance the real estate field.”

For additional information or to register for the event, please visit scps.nyu.edu/urbanleadership. For assistance, contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at 212-992-3618 or at jessica.watson@nyu.edu.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack offers graduate degrees—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 800 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and boast over 3,000 graduates around the globe. The Schack Institute recently launched a new B.S. in Real Estate. In addition, each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit offerings.

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Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

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