Joel Schlessinger gives back to Brown University to thank the educational institution for all they did for him, and to help young scholars.
The doctor attended Brown Medical School from 1981 through 1983, studying the basic sciences. After completing his education and establishing his career, he decided to volunteer his time for the university through the Brown Alumni Schools Committees, starting about 15 years ago.
He has acted as an area chair for the committee. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a regional coordinator (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska) for the committee and he is currently in charge of the Brown Alumni Club for Nebraska.
As a member of the Brown Alumni Schools Committees, the doctor commits himself to this as a minimum: to interview three potential students, locally, per year.
Joel Schlessinger has gone well beyond the minimum requirements in his commitment as an interviewer for Brown University.
He has interviewed approximately 500 students for Brown University so far, giving these students a chance to talk to someone in depth about the undergraduate programs at the university.
As a regional director, he has overseen the committee operations for his area and has served as a leader to all of the area chairs in his region. He was also responsible for recruiting new leaders in his region; serving on the executive committee; and acting as the liaison between his area chairs and the executive committee.
The Schessinger family continues their personal commitment to the university, as their daughter Claire now attends there.
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