Tow, Dr. Leonard
Dr. Leonard Tow is the founder and chairman of The Tow Foundation and CEO of New Century Holdings, LLC. Dr. Tow found success as a pioneer in the cable television industry, establishing and leading several corporations, including Century Communications, which was the nation’s fifth largest cable television company, serving nearly 2 million homes, at the time of its sale in 1999. In 1988 Dr. Tow and his wife, Claire, founded The Tow Foundation to continue their legacy through its philanthropic giving. The foundation’s mission is to drive positive change and improve the quality of life for society’s most vulnerable people. Its grantmaking focuses on opportunities for breakthroughs, innovative programs, and system reform within the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, medicine, higher education, and culture. Higher education has played an essential role in Dr. Tow’s life. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College, where he met his wife, and a master’s degree and PhD at Columbia University. He gave back to the higher education system as a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, at Brooklyn College and Hunter College of the City University of New York, and at New York University’s School of Business.