Morton L. Mandel
Mort Mandel, who was elected a member of the Academy in 2011, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Parkwood LLC, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. With his brothers Jack and Joseph, he founded the Premier Industrial Corporation, which later became one of the world’s leading industrial parts and electronic components distributors. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation from 1957 to 1996, when it merged with a British company.
Mandel also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, which funds numerous social leadership initiatives in the United States and Israel. The work of the Foundation is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. In addition to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, organizations that have received philanthropic support from the Mandel Foundation include Brandeis University, Case Western University, the Cleveland Clinic, Hebrew University, and the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem.