Recognizes alumni of outstanding character who have demonstrated exceptional and sustained loyalty to Drew by making significant contributions to furthering the University’s mission and goals.
Harry Litwack C’71
Forty years after graduating from Drew, Harry Litwack says it’s the friendships he formed, as a student and as an alumnus, that motivate him to stay connected to the university. “There’s just something about Drew,” he muses.
Litwack has had a career in teaching and mentoring young people. “I think I learned how to engage and listen to people when I was at Drew,” says Litwack. “I learned how to be a mentor by being mentored.”
It started when, as a senior at Drew University, Litwack took a job driving a bus for nearby special education schools. He eventually took a teaching aide position at one of the schools and this ultimately inspired his teaching career. Following graduation, he taught in inner-city Philadelphia while earning a master’s in school psychology at Rowan University. His career has included serving as English chair of the American School of Mallorca, Spain, and administering several special education, vocational and apprenticeship programs in the US.
An educator and volunteer at heart, Litwack played a leadership role in developing the Burlington County, N.J., Transition to Work program. “We were sending students out into the world without preparing them for what was next. The program helps create individual education plans driven by the career outcome the student wants to have,” he explains. He has also served as the head volunteer for the working sessions of the 1997 President’s Summit on Volunteerism in America.
Litwack has served on the College Alumni Association at Drew and it’s committees for over two decades. He has been an active member of the Drew Alumni Recruitment Team (DART) by representing the University to prospective undergraduate students at college fairs. He has volunteered in the Career Connection program which fosters internships and mentoring relationships between current Drew students, graduates and employers. He’s also been active with the Drew Club of Philadelphia which brings together alumni, parents and friends of Drew for social, educational and networking events in the greater Philadelphia area.