Bruce Friedman worked in the New School’s Registrar’s Office for twenty-four years, prior to his retirement. From September of 1966 to June of 1973, he attended, successively, Franconia College in New Hampshire, Wilmington College in Delaware, and John Jay College of the City University of New York, emphasizing studies in political science and government at all these institutions, an interest he employed serving in the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens [County, New York] as treasurer, vice-president and president of the club, all since August of 1997. From 1973 until 1986, Friedman held various managerial and administrative positions in a customs house brokerage, freight forwarding, and retail operations. He started working at the New School as a registration temporary in August of 1988 under Dorothy Dozier, and was hired as a full-time employee on October 31, 1988 in the Registrar’s/Records Office as a graduation officer, primarily working with doctoral students in the Graduate Faculty (now the New School for Social Research), but also Eugene Lang College, International Affairs, Milano, Mannes The New School for Music, and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His responsibility was to ensure that students fulfilled all of the graduation eligibility requirements. A union activist, Friedman participated in several contract negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1205, of which he was a member, and the New School management. More recently, Friedman became a New School shop steward. Friedman retired on February 8, 2013.
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