Named in honor of Kalikow's long-time support for the university, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs will comprise eight academic departments, several interdisciplinary programs, and two academic centers, including the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, which was established, along with an endowed chair in presidential studies, with an earlier gift from Kalikow.
Kalikow is the president of New York City-based real estate firm H.J. Kalikow & Company, LLC. He earned a B.S. in business administration from Hofstra in 1965, was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree in 1986, and was named the university's Alumnus of the Year in 1988, and received a presidential medal in 1999. He is, in addition, the former owner and publisher of the New York Post and a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
"The naming of a school after an individual is among the highest honors a University can bestow," said Hofstra president Stuart Rabinowitz. "Peter Kalikow's dedication to Hofstra as an alumnus, trustee, and benefactor, his embrace of presidential and political history, and his business acumen have been invaluable in guiding the growth of this institution."