From A To Z, Purchase College President Thomas Schwarz’ Favorite Things In Westchester And Beyond

The Iditarod, great neighbors, and the balance of yin and yang in his life in the county.



Anderson Hill Roadthe road that leads to Purchase College, SUNY

Boats, beaches, and biking are among my favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors, be active, and appreciate life with friends and family.

Culture Shock. This all-out campus-wide party organized by students is a real celebration of diversity, creativity, and community, and the near-end of the school year.

Doral Arrowwood. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor: They graciously support and host various College events. 

Environmental sustainability. In 2007, I signed the original American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. 

Fire Island, my favorite retreat since childhood; our beach house is a magical sanctuary. 

Grandchildren. All seven of them—my son’s (Dylan, Rowan, and Remi) and my daughter’s (Diego, Penelope, Claudia, and Adrian).

Hamilton College, my Alma Mater. I currently serve as a trustee and once served as its acting president. 

Iditarod, otherwise known as the “Last Great Race on Earth.” I don’t race, but every winter my grandson and I take a trip north to go dogsledding.

Jason and Jessi, my son and daughter. We are all very close. 

Keiren. My partner, who puts up with me and, in her own right, has developed a superb website: www.inspirationgreen.com.

Law. My path to Purchase College was unconventional. I previously was a longtime partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Mixed breeds. As a dog lover, I have always had mutts. I think, in general, diversity makes for strength—whether in dogs or in society. 

Neuberger Museum of Art. The only real teaching museum in Metropolitan New York with a great collection of Modern, Contemporary, and African art, and its provocative and enlightening, changing exhibitions.

Opera. Our award-winning Purchase Opera is a vibrant collaboration of music and theater arts.

Performing Arts Center. A premier destination on Westchester’s cultural map, the PAC delivers world-class performances of dance, music, theater, film, and family programs.

Quintessential. At some point in life, it becomes important to find the essence of what matters and focus on it. Helping young people does it for me.

Rockefeller. Without the late Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Purchase College wouldn’t exist. 

Senior Learning Community. My vision for bridging the generations and connecting lifelong learners with a residence on campus

“Think Wide Open” is the tagline that perfectly captures the essence of the college and serves as great advice for all of us as we move through the world. 

Unconventional and unique. I don’t follow the mainstream, because it’s easy rowing; I search for and value what matters most to me, and wholly respect individual choices for self-expression and diversity of ideas.

Voices. Two a cappella groups at Purchase, open to all students on campus, reveal the depth of our talent pool: Soul Voices and Choral Pleasures.

Westchester. What better place for our students to call home than the bucolic setting of Purchase, with the endless opportunity and inspiration that New York City offers less than an hour away?

eXploration. Only with a lifelong interest in exploration can we move ahead as a society—of old ideas and new ones, of cultures and societies different from our own. 

Yin and yang. It’s always been important to maintain balance: humor and seriousness, work and play, the left-brain with the right.

Zombie Prom. Every April, when most college students are holding spring flings and other formal dinner dances, our students take to the streets decked out as zombies.

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