Alan Luxenberg

Special Advisor

Alan Luxenberg was president of FPRI from February 2012 to December 2019 (and Acting President from December 2010 to January 2012), completing 44 years of service at FPRI in a variety of capacities.  He fostered numerous partnerships with organizations and institutions of higher education in Philadelphia, Washington DC and elsewhere, including the First Division Museum in Wheaton, IL, where FPRI enjoyed a 13-year partnership offering history weekends for high school teachers on topics in American military history.  In 1990, he founded FPRI’s Wachman Center (originally known as the Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education), which has served as the outlet for FPRI’s educational programming, including its nationally renowned Butcher History Institute for Teachers.  Luxenberg received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an M.A. in history from Temple University, where he was a Russell Conwell Fellow. FPRI’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Walter McDougall, penned this appreciation of Luxenberg’s tenure at FPRI. Upon his retirement, FPRI’s board established the Luxenberg Education Fund in his honor, the focal point of which is a project designed to use historiography to teach critical thinking skills to high school students.