Gift from Gale and Ira Drukier Endows Deanship

Mary Brabeck is the inaugural recipient of the Gale and Ira Drukier Deanship. Established by a generous donation from the Drukiers, the gift expresses a “measure of gratitude” for educational opportunities made available to Gale Drukier (BS ’72), a Steinhardt alumna.

Gale Drukier, an NYU trustee and member of the Steinhardt’s Deans Council, earned a degree in speech pathology and audiology. Shebegan her career as an audiologist and served for 17 years as a tenured professor at The College of New Jersey. During her career in higher education she presented and published original research, developed the college’s masters’ degree curriculum, and was instrumental in its graduate program in audiology receiving national accreditation. Upon retiring, Drukier joined her family business, BD Hotels, where, for the last 12 years she has managed and renovated properties on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Drukier earned her M.S. and Ed.D. in audiology from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

“I am grateful to NYU for my education and all the opportunities which weremade possible to me,” Drukier said. “With the leadership of Dean Mary Brabeck, this gift will enable new generations of students to develop into the educated leaders of which we can all be proud.”

The Gale and Ira Drukier Deanship endows Steinhardt’s deanship in perpetuity and will help support the school to fulfill its greatest needs and priorities. It is one of eight endowed chairs held by faculty at NYU Steinhardt.

Photo: Gale Drukier