Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Challenging Alums to Donate

Zachary Julius '85

Chief Executive Officer

Over the last three decades, Zachary Julius ’85, chief executive officer of Professional Disposables International, transformed his fourth-generation family-owned business into one of the leading disposable towelettes companies on the map. What provided the groundwork for his success? A remarkable family legacy and his experiences at Simon’s Rock.

In discussions around Zachary’s experience, he recognized the College community for inspiring and shaping his ideas around philanthropy, and explained why he’s giving back. “As an alum, I can tell you that, for so many of us, our experience was life-changing … and more than an education. I wanted to help make sure that others who could benefit from the College were able to.”

[Simon’s Rock] is a place where students can truly find themselves, realize their potential, become their best and go on to have a meaningful impact in the world. Please join me in ensuring that the transformative experience that is Simon’s Rock is within reach for all students who want to be here.

-Zachary Julius '85 

True to his word, Zachary is providing students with the same opportunity he had by challenging alums to donate to the Annual Fund Scholars Program. In 2015, he matched donations (up to $70k) to the Leslie Sander Scholarship Fund. “Leslie was one of the most selfless individuals I have ever encountered. Watching her interact with other students and faculty, you could see the way she made people all around her better. We unfortunately lost her to cancer at the very young age of 22. I believe she meaningfully touched more people in her 22 short years than 99 percent of people do in their entire lives,” recalled Zachary.

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