Tulane University Designates Darryl Berger For New Hospital Board

March 18, 2010

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane University has selected New Orleans businessman and community leader Darryl Berger as its representative on the board that will govern the proposed University Medical Center (UMC), an academic medical center that will serve the healthcare needs of the community.

"Now that the governor has announced his proposed slate of non-permanent, independent trustees for the UMC Board, Tulane feels it is appropriate and desirable for the permanent members to announce their representatives," Tulane President Scott Cowen said. "Hopefully, the entire governing board will be seated as quickly as possible so this critical community project can move forward expeditiously."

A memorandum of understanding signed by Tulane, Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSU in August gives the governor the right to nominate four non-permanent, independent board members. Tulane and Xavier are allowed to appoint one permanent member each while LSU is allowed four permanent members and Southern University, Dillard University and Delgado Community College have one permanent member on a rotating basis.  According to the agreed upon memorandum of understanding, the UMC board has authority for decisions related to the proposed hospital. 

A familiar and respected name in the New Orleans community, Berger, a native of the city, has been at the forefront of real estate transactions of all types for nearly three decades. He has been particularly active as a leader in the development of the New Orleans riverfront and as a property owner in the French Quarter.  Berger is a graduate of Tulane's School of Law and is a member of the Board of Tulane and its Executive Committee.

"Tulane has benefited for years from Darryl's leadership and wisdom. He is the perfect choice to help ensure that the University Medical Center fulfills it mission to care for our citizens, educate our medical students and provide high-paying jobs for years to come while being well-managed and financially sound," Cowen said.

Berger has received numerous honors and awards, including: New Orleanian of the Year, Gambit, 1984; the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, 1985; the Institute of Human Understanding Award for Ten Outstanding People of 1985; the Young Leadership Council's Role Model Award in 1988; the Junior Achievement of Southeast Louisiana Business Leaders Hall of Fame, 1988; the Volunteer Activist Award, 1992; the Weiss award of the NCCJ, 2008; Newman School's Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008; and the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty 2009.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000