Tulane dean named founding director of Taylor Center

April 8, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Kenneth Schwartz

Kenneth Schwartz, dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture, has been named founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking and the first Sacks Endowed Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.

Last November, Tulane President Michael Fitts and Board of Tulane member Phyllis Taylor announced the establishment of the center, which was made possible through a $15 million gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. The center will bring together Tulane faculty, students and researchers from varied disciplines to work collaboratively on solving real-life problems in such areas as the environment, education and health care.

The chair is being funded by the Michael Sacks Fund for Social Entrepreneurship and is named for Michael J. Sacks, a 1984 graduate of Tulane and a Distinguished Alumnus Award winner.

Schwartz will serve as director of the center in addition to his role as architecture dean. For the past seven years, Schwartz has guided the school’s increasing community involvement and focus on social issues, which mirror the philosophy of the Taylor Center. Among other endeavors, Schwartz has led the growth of Tulane City Center, a highly successful social entrepreneurship program, and three years ago, he introduced an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

"I greatly admire the faculty, staff and alumni who have moved the institution forward in connecting their talents with real world challenges,” Schwartz said. “We are very well positioned to realize the vision articulated by our two lead donors (Taylor and Sacks) in this effort. We are also poised to embrace the commitment and opportunity for students and faculty to amplify the positive difference they are already making with many pressing social challenges."

In making the announcement about Schwartz, Provost Michael Bernstein noted that Tulane has been selected as the host university for the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange, an international conference of institutions of higher education that work in the area of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.



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