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2019 Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni Award
 
 
 
 

Noel Salinger is the thirty-fourth recipient of the Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni Award.  Noel is a member of the University of Illinois Laboratory High School class of 1969.  He graduated with an AB magna cum laude from Syracuse University and completed an AM at the University of Chicago.  Noel Salinger has spent his career and private life in service of education, research, civil liberties and social welfare on the national landscape.

The Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a Uni High graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to their community, to their field, and/or to Uni High.  The award was established in 1985 in honor of the late Max Beberman, whose distinguished career as a math educator brought him international renown.  During his tenure at Uni High from 1950 to 1971, he founded and developed the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics (UICSM), which significantly altered the teaching of math—“New Math” around the world. 

On Saturday October 5, 2019, Noel Salinger will be presented the Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School Gala.  The Gala will be held from 5:00-9:00 pm at the I Hotel & Conference Center.  For further information please visit https://uni.illinois.edu/gala or contact Assistant Director of Advancement, Josh Hall.     

Noel began his work in communications and external relations at the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois, which soon led him to the work of institutional advancement, raising funds for educational institutions in support of civil liberties, social welfare, public health and higher education.

From 1980 to 1991, Noel held several positions in development at the National Headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation in New York City, ultimately as Director of Development.  His work supported programs including reproductive freedom, capital punishment and voting rights. He also played a key role in founding the ACLU programs in immigrants’ rights and LGBTQ rights.

Noel then returned to Illinois to spend seventeen years at the University of Chicago.  He began as Director of Development at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, ranked among the top five public analysis schools in the United States.  Noel went on to become Director of Development for the University of Chicago Social Sciences Division and then the University-wide Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. Noel’s work at the University of Chicago led to the creation of the Human Rights Program and the founding of the Odyssey Scholarships, which eliminates student loans for students from modest income families.

In 2008, he moved to Washington DC to become the Associate Vice President for Medical Center Development at The George Washington University.  Noel expanded philanthropic support for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Public Health and Health Services. 

Before retiring in 2018, Noel spent seven years as Director of Individual Giving at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, playing a major role in the $1.8 billion Smithsonian Campaign. 

As a volunteer, Noel has served on numerous committees and as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of Illinois, the tax exempt arm of the Illinois ACLU. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC.