Dr. Seymour Lachman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. He is serving his first term which expires in 2018. As a member of the board, Seymour is on the Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement Committees.
Seymour has had a career that has encompassed several different professions. He has been a teacher, a college professor, an administrator and policy maker, a state senator, an author and a television commentator. For the last several years, Seymour has served as the Dean of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College, where he is also a Distinguished University Professor of Government. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 1996 and served five terms. Before his political career, he was the University Dean for Community Development at the City University of New York and Professor of Educational Administration and Government at the Baruch College School of Public Administration. Seymour has written several books. The most recent book, Mr. New York: Lew Rudin and His Love of the City, was published in January, 2014. He has appeared on several television and radio programs, offering his expertise on issues of government, politics and education. He has written many OP ED articles that have appeared in the major newspapers across the country.
Seymour has been very involved in his community. While teaching at the City University, he was selected to serve on the New York City Board of Education and was subsequently elected President of the Board. He was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Bilingual Education by Presidents Carter and Reagan. He served as co-chair of the New York State Blue Ribbon Panel on Catholic Schools during the Carey Administration. Seymour has been very involved in the Jewish community; he is the former chair of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry, former member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators.
Seymour holds a doctorate in the history of education from New York University, and he received both his master’s degree and his undergraduate degree in history from Brooklyn College. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Dr. Susan Lachman. They have two children and eleven grandchildren.