Vision Awards

Linda and Arthur Carter and Paul Simon

a concert performance by Paul Simon
at The Beacon Theatre

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Linda and Arthur Carter

Linda and Arthur Carter’s contributions as university leaders and their generous gifts to NYU and the Steinhardt School have deepened and enriched the culture and academic life of NYU. The Carters are supporters of New York City’s cultural institutions as well as its schools, arts organizations, and programs that provide essential health services to all New Yorkers.

Linda Carter, a member of the Steinhardt Dean’s Council, received her Ph.D. in Clinical School Psychology from the Steinhardt School. A clinical associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine, she is founding director of NYU Child Study Center's esteemed family studies program. Dr. Carter is a devoted psychologist, teacher, and supervisor of mental health professionals who has dedicated her life and practice to helping couples and families overcome differences and forge strong and lasting relationships.

During his remarkable career, Arthur Carter has been an investment banker, a publisher, an artist, and a college professor. Through his private equity holding company, Utilities & Industries Corp., he has owned and operated more than one hundred companies. Mr. Carter is the founder of The New York Observer and the award-winning Litchfield County Times. He is also an accomplished artist whose sculptures have been exhibited nationwide.

Mr. Carter is a lifetime trustee of NYU where the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute supports the idea that journalism has a serious public mission and can make a difference in the world.


Paul Simon

During his distinguished career, Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including twelve Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Simon has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song “Mrs. Robinson,” from the film The Graduate, was one of the top ten songs on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Songs.

A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, Simon was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.”   Of Simon’s many concert appearances, he is most fond of his two concerts in Central Park (with his partner and childhood friend Art Garfunkel and as a solo artist) and the series of shows he performed in post-apartheid South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela.

Simon is the co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF). He has also raised millions of dollars for causes as varied as AMFAR, the Nature Conservancy, the Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa, Autism Speaks, and the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.

At NYU Steinhardt we celebrate the creative spirit.

Since our founding in 1890, our school has been a place where people with ideas and vision have come to fulfill their educational aspirations.

Our alumni are artists, scholars, social activists, media theorists, educators, performers, nutritionists, and therapists— people who are applying their talents where they are needed most.

The NYU Steinhardt Vision Award recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience. This year the Vision Award recipients are Linda and Arthur Carter and Paul Simon.

We honor philanthropists Linda and Arthur Carter for their generous gifts and passionate advocacy on behalf of the arts, children, and education.

We honor Paul Simon for his humanitarian outreach and distinctive musical vision which continues to inspire NYU Steinhardt students and people around the world.

NYU Steinhardt Dean's Council

Ivan R. Sabel, Chairman

Mary M. Brabeck, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean

Kiki M. Bassoul
Lisa Belzberg
Jane Willner Bloomgarden
Mark L. Bodden
Linda Carter
Michael R. Cunningham
James L. Dolan
Gale Spergel Drukier
Charlotte K. Frank


Mary J. Giuffra
Carl D. Glaeser
Jean Minskoff Grant
Beverly Hyman
Barbara J. Kenner
Corinne H. Rieder
Courtney Sale Ross
Michael Steinhardt 


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