September 11, 2014
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Temple University’s Fox School of Business will award Ira Lubert with the 2014 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership – the school’s highest honor for outstanding achievement, leadership and commitment to the community by a distinguished member of industry.

Ira Lubert

Lubert will be honored at the 18th annual Musser Award reception and dinner Nov. 5, 2014, on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Lubert is Chairman and Co-founder of Lubert-Adler Real Estate, which, together with LLR Partners, Inc., Quaker Partners, LEM Capital, LBC Credit Partners, and Patriot Financial Partners, L.P., constitute Independence Capital Partners, a family of private equity and real estate funds, all of which he co-founded.

Lubert invites support in the establishment of the Warren (Pete) Musser Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Fox School.

“Ira Lubert has come to define entrepreneurialism throughout his career and business endeavors, and his mission to establish a term professorship at the Fox School in Pete Musser’s honor is no different,” Dean M. Moshe Porat said.

Lubert has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate and private equity sectors. Prior to forming Lubert-Adler, he was the principal and founder of TL Ventures, within the family of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE), an early-stage venture fund. He also founded Radnor Venture Partners, L.P., the first venture fund managed by Safeguard Scientifics.

He is a 1973 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, majoring in Hotel Management and, in 2006, was the recipient of The Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the highest honor presented by Penn State to an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

The Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership was established in honor of the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Warren V. “Pete” Musser. As founder of Safeguard Scientifics, and as its leader for nearly four decades, Musser formed numerous technology-oriented companies that helped create Greater Philadelphia’s reputation for technological innovation.

In addition to honoring a leading member of the region’s business community, the Musser Awards also recognize achievement among faculty, staff and students. The rest of the 2014 honorees will be unveiled at a later date.

Previous Musser Award winners include Lewis Katz, director of the Katz Foundation; Steven H. Korman, founder of Korman Communities; Joan Carter, co-founder and President of UM Holdings Ltd.; Stephen A. Cozen and Patrick J. O’Connor, Cozen O’Connor; Gerry Lenfest, president and CEO, The Lenfest Group; Ralph J. Roberts, founder, Comcast Corp.; and Dennis Alter, former chairman and CEO, Advanta Corp.