John Edward Sexton, the fifteenth President of New York University, also is the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School’s Dean Emeritus, having served as Dean for 14 years. He joined the Law School’s faculty in 1981, was named the School’s Dean in 1988, and was designated the University’s President in 2001.
President Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of both the Association of American University Presidents and the Council on Foreign Relations. He presently is the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While Dean of the Law School he was President of the Association of American Law Schools, and he was the founding Chairman of the Board of NASD Dispute Resolution.
President Sexton received a B.A. in History (1963) from Fordham College; an M.A. in Comparative Religion (1965) and a Ph.D. in History of American Religion (1978) Fordham University; and a J.D. magna cum laude (1979) from Harvard Law School.
He is an author of the most widely used legal textbook on any subject, a text on Civil Procedure. He also is the author of Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court System (a treatment of the Supreme Court’s case selection process) in addition to several other books, numerous chapters, articles and Supreme Court briefs.
Before coming to NYU, President Sexton served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1980-1981), and to Judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal of the United States Court of Appeals (1979-1980). For ten years (1983-1993), he served as Special Master Supervising Pretrial Proceedings in the Love Canal Litigation. From 1966 - 1973, he was a Professor of Religion at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, where he was Department Chair from 1970-1975.
Charles Winans attended Brooklyn College for one semester, and later gained his degree at St. John's University, where he studied at night. His Master's Degree came from Columbia University where he was taught by Allen Nevins, Margaret Mead, Henry Steele Commager, and both Charles and Mark Van Doren, among others.
He began his teaching career at Manhattan Prep, a French Christian Brothers School, where he taught from 1942 to 1952. During this period he also taught at Hoboken College, at night. In 1952, he began teaching at Brooklyn Prep, a Jesuit preparatory school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. His subjects were English, art, music, and history, which encompassed both Civics and American history. He was noted for both the scope and refinement of the audio-visual techniques he employed and the extracurriculr field trips and seminars he arranged for his students.
He worked closely with Dorothy Day and her charitable activities on the lower east side of Manhattan, from 1936 until her death, and also, in the 1980s and 1990s, with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity on Washington Street, in Greenwich Village.
In retirement, Mr. Winans lived in Murray-Weigel Hall on the campus of Fordham University and tutored students at nearby Fordham Prep in poetry. The beloved educator passed away shortly after appearing in this ad—on April 19, 2005—at the age of 85. TeachersCount extends condolences to his sister, nieces, and nephews.