Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 2007


Alan B. Levan

Alan B. Levan is chair of four New York Stock Exchange companies and also serves as chief executive officer of three of them. These companies, which employ more than 10,000 people, are BankAtlantic Bancorp, the largest Florida-based bank with 100 branches and $6 billion in assets; Levitt Corp., the developer that has built more than 200,000 homes including the Levittowns in New York and Pennsylvania after Wold War II; Bluegreen Corp., a resort timesharing company with operations in 17 states and the Island of Aruba; and BFC Financial Corp., a holding company with interests in financial services, real estate and restaurants.

Alan established the BankAtlantic Foundation in 1994 to support a wide array of activities in the arts, education, social welfare and community and economic development. The foundation fosters partnership with other private-sector organizations, nonprofit institutions and government agencies. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $6 million to charitable organizations throughout the state of Florida.

A resident of Broward County in South Florida, Alan is a member of the Nova Southeastern University board of trustees and former chair of the board of directors for the commitment to provide ongoing support to Habitat Humanity's work to eliminate substandard poverty housing in Florida. He is the recipient of the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepeneurship Hall of Fame Award, the 2004 Cutting Edge Award and, most recently, the 2007 Sun-Sentinel Excalibur Business Leader of the Year Award.

He earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and English in 1966 from the Tulane University College of Arts and Sciences.

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