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Former CEO of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Lawrence P. Goldman is Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University—Newark. He also is the president and chief executive officer of the Theater Square Development Company (TSDC), a subsidiary of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Goldman was named NJPAC’s first president in 1989 and was elevated to chief executive officer in 1993. NJPAC flourished under Goldman’s leadership for 22 years before he stepped down to take the helm at TSDC.

Prior to joining NJPAC, Goldman was director of real estate planning and development and then vice president of Carnegie Hall. At Carnegie Hall, he was responsible for organizing its restoration, renovation, and expansion as well as the development of an adjacent 60-story tower. In 1987, he was selected a Crain’s All-Star by Crain’s New York Business for his tireless efforts at Carnegie Hall. 

During the 1970’s, Goldman was executive assistant to the president of the New York State Urban Development Corporation and executive vice president of the Roosevelt Island Development Corporation in New York City. Prior to that, he held administrative and faculty positions at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Goldman earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 1999, he received honorary doctorate degrees from Rutgers University, Bloomfield College, and Montclair State University. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious James Madison Medal by Princeton University.

Goldman is a member of the Boards of Directors of Teach for America (New Jersey), The Newark Alliance, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University.

Goldman is a major organizer of “An International Conference on Cultural Institutions and Urban Transformation.” The conference, scheduled for October 9-10 and supported by SPAA, NJPAC, and Prudential Financial, Inc., will bring together academics, nonprofit executives, leading funders, public officials, economic development professionals, and others interested in arts institutions as stimulators of urban change.