John Jay College Receives Largest Donation in the College’s History from Adjunct Professor and Alumnus Dr. Andrew Shiva

December 19, 2012 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice received a $5-million donation – the largest gift in the history of its nearly 50 years – from Adjunct Professor and alumnus Dr. Andrew Shiva.  A psychologist and president of the National Currency Foundation, Dr. Shiva said his inspiration for giving so generously to his alma mater began with the rich, powerful relationships with, and encouragement he received from, John Jay faculty as a student and, later, as chief psychologist of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center and as an active and visionary member of the College’s graduate faculty.

In commemoration of this historic contribution, John Jay’s new 4,050-square-foot exhibition gallery has been named The Anya and Andrew Shiva Art Gallery, in recognition of Dr. Shiva and his wife, Anya.

“We thank Anya and Andrew Shiva for their transformative gift in support of our dynamic institution, our inspiring students and our innovative faculty,” said John Jay President Jeremy Travis. “This College is in a state of rapid transformation. Part of the transformation is the integration of the arts, humanities, and performing arts into the life of the College, so it’s appropriate this space is devoted to art,” he added.

“I’ve been asked more than once, ‘Why an art gallery?’ Community is my first answer,” said Dr. Shiva. “An art gallery provides our students with exposure to art, creativity, expression, imagination, and inspiration. The second answer has to do with the psychological aspect of art as an expression of the inner self. When you combine a psychological approach to interpreting art with topics related to crime and justice, there is a real opportunity to see, through the work in front of you, a glimpse of the artist’s soul.”

The gift from Dr. and Mrs. Shiva will be used to “fund research grants for students and faculty John Jay’s PhD program in Forensic Psychology, assessment and psychotherapy training for students, and it will provide the necessary funding for research initiatives that could otherwise not come in to fruition,” explained John Jay Provost Jane Bowers.

Dr. Shiva graduated with a Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology in 1997 and then went on to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University.  He has been a strong supporter of the college as an active member of the forensic psychology doctoral faculty and a trustee of the John Jay College Foundation.  He also serves on the board of the New York Public Theater, and has held similar posts with the Lincoln Center Theater, the National Dance Institute, the New York City Police Foundation and Pro Musicus.

In addition to his passion for the education and mental health fields, Mr. Shiva is an avid collector of antique United States paper currency. He founded the National Currency Foundation in the fall of 2011 to promote the history of paper money and virtual exposure to currency notes.  As a volunteer for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Dr. Shiva has begun digitizing the holdings in the National Numismatic Collection.

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 nations. In 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  www.jjay.cuny.edu.

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