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Hofstra 2010 Gala Honoree

Joseph G. Shapiro

Joseph G. Shapiro ’54 earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Hofstra University and is a member of Epsilon Sigma fraternity. He also served in the United States Army and saw active duty in Korea.

Mr. Shapiro held numerous business and professional positions during his career, including: director emeritus of Fleet Bank; director of the Long Island Association, Inc. and Oil Heat Institute of Long Island; chairman of the Long Island Heart Council, American Heart Association, Inc., Glen Cove Zoning Board of Appeals, and New York State Joint Legislative Committee of Environmental Management of Natural Resources; board member of the Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council; and member of the Royal Knights of Chivalry.

Mr. Shapiro is currently chairman and CEO of Commander Enterprises, LLC and president and CEO of Commander Oil Corporation. He is also co-chairman of TXX Services, Inc. and a partner in Kennesaw Fruit & Juice Company. In addition, Mr. Shapiro remains very active in his community and has served in leadership roles for a number of organizations,including the committee for Hofstra’s 2004 Gala honoring Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman (which was successful in funding a chair in Catholic studies), N.Y.S. L.I. Sound Advisory Commission, N.Y.S. Boating Council, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the Congregation Tifereth Israel of Glen Cove, New York. Mr. Shapiro is affiliated with the Coral Ridge Country Club, Ocean Reef Club, and Coral Ridge Yacht Club. He has been honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, American Heart Association, Inc., and Family Service Association, and is the recipient of the prestigious Hofstra University Award for Alumni Achievement and the 1989 Hofstra George M. Estabrook Award.

On September 1, 2004, Hofstra University dedicated the Libby and Joseph G. Shapiro Alumni House, which serves as a symbol of their loyalty and generosity to Hofstra. Together, the Shapiros have established the Libby and Joseph Shapiro Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship and the Eva and Benjamin Shapiro Memorial Scholarship at Hofstra University. They have also created the Joseph and Libby Shapiro Family Foundation, which generously donates to educational and religious institutions, and health and civic organizations.

Mr. Shapiro has been married to his wife, Libby, a fellow Hofstra graduate, for 57 years. Libby and Joseph Shapiro have known each other since the age of 10, having lived across the street from one another. Consequently, they both attended the same elementary school, high school and college. The Shapiros have four children, Susan, Leonard, Beth and Carol, and seven grandchildren.