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John Jay College’s “Educating for Justice” Gala Pays Tribute to Lynn and Jules Kroll and Herb Sturz

John Jay College of Criminal Justice honored Lynn and Jules Kroll, longtime philanthropists in New York; and Herb Sturz, a recognized public service leader for their respective contributions to public service and education at the College’s “Educating for Justice” Gala on Thursday, October 29.

Herb Sturz received the Award for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his dedication to service and innovation that improves the lives of all New Yorkers. Presenting the award to Herb Sturz was Jack Rosenthal, President of The New York Times Company Foundation.

According to Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College, “In this time of transition and challenge in our city, state and country, it’s a privilege to honor Herb Sturz whose career of public service has now spanned from one transformative era of American politics and government to a new and unfolding one. Throughout his career, Sturz has embraced a philosophy he calls “double or triple social utility” – working to help one population while helping another. He wrings optimal benefit from every investment of time, money and talent.”

Lynn and Jules Kroll received the Award for Civic Leadership in recognition of their deep commitment to philanthropy and public service. Presenting the award to the Krolls was noted journalist Ken Auletta.

In honoring Jules and Lynn Kroll, President Travis said, “Jules Kroll, a leading figure in the modern corporate investigative and security industry, has drawn upon that vast experience in his role as chairman of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation. He has provided superlative leadership for the board and the John Jay community. His wife Lynn is a veteran leader of several institutions including the UJA Federation of New York, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.” 

The entertainment included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award Winning Composer and Lyricist for “In the Heights,” and Henry Butler, New Orleans Piano Legend.

Proceeds from the evening will support scholarships, text books, and work study jobs that will allow John Jay students to stay in school, excel, and complete their degrees.

The gala took place at the College, 899 Tenth Avenue (corner of 58th Street) in New York City. 

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nationsIn teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit