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Dan Cohen, A74

About him

It was during Dan's tenure as senior vice president of advertising at the New York Times that the paper became the first print publication in the world to reach $1 billion in ad revenue. He now produces TV reality shows, including the Food Network's "Boy Meets Grill" with Chef Bobby Flay, winner of a Daytime Emmy in 2005 for Best Daytime Host.

His cause: making college possible for inner-city kids

About 15 years ago, Dan became involved with a Harlem charter school serving inner-city black and Latino youngsters, several of whom he helped send to college at Tufts and elsewhere. "I felt it was important to make it possible for students from that school to attend a good college."

He since has established a scholarship fund at Tufts to help increase the diversity of Tufts' student body and provide assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to afford college. The scholarship fund is named for his mother, Dr. Judith P. Sulzberger, a philanthropist in her own right, and when fully matured, will be among the largest of its kind at Tufts.

Why he gives to Tufts

"What really excites me is the way Tufts is looking for new kinds of leaders, reaching out to unique kids who have a different approach to academics and might not be found by way of the traditional route of testing and private schools. My hope is that these kids be enabled to do whatever they want to do: that they go to college and follow their dreams."