Leonard Tow, PhD, is the founder and chairman of The Tow Foundation and chief executive officer of New Century Holdings. An experienced telecommunications leader and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Tow served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Utilities and founder of Century Communications, a cable television company. Dr. Tow was also founder and director of Centennial Cellular.

An ardent believer in the power of education, Dr. Tow holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College as well as doctoral and master’s degrees from Columbia University. As an educator, he taught economics and economic geography at Columbia Business School, Brooklyn College and Hunter College and served for several years as distinguished adjunct professor at the New York University School of Business. In recognition of his contributions to society, Dr. Tow was awarded Doctorates of Humane Letters from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and University of New Haven.

Dr. Tow currently serves on the board of several organizations, including Lincoln Center Theater and Educational Broadcasting Corporation. He is a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and serves as a director of AMC Networks.