Drew Welcomes David Stern, Former NBA Commissioner


January 17, 2018 – Drew University welcomes David Stern, who served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014.

Stern, now CEO of DJS Global Advisors, led the NBA during an era of star players that included Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. On his watch, the league added seven teams, experienced a 30-fold increase in revenue, broadened TV exposure and launched the Women’s NBA and NBA Development League.

Stern will be interviewed by Pulitzer Prize winner Ira Berkow as part of the Drew Forum miniseries, In the Game. The event will take place Feb. 28 at The Concert Hall, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here.

Previous In the Game speakers include former Mets star Keith Hernandez, NBA Hall of Famers Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Drew Forum, which is sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship, is now in its 24th year. Other upcoming speakers include David Axelrod, a top strategist for the Obama presidential campaigns, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Both talks are sold out.

Drew, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as New York City semesters focused on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

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