David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, will deliver the graduation address at the commencement ceremony of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on May 17, 2016, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
The Carlyle Group, co-founded by Rubenstein in 1987, is a global alternative asset manager with more than $188 billion in assets under management.
"Mr. Rubenstein is a very successful business leader and exemplary citizen with a long-standing commitment to higher education," said Bernard T. Ferrari, dean of the Carey Business School. "I know our graduates will benefit from his insights."
A native of Baltimore, Rubenstein graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After Duke, he earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He has served as an emeritus member of the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees, and he is a current member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees.
Before founding The Carlyle Group, Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He later served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. During the Carter administration, he was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. After his White House service, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman).
Currently, Rubenstein is chairman of the boards of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and of Duke University, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, co-chairman of the Brookings Institution, vice-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, and president of the Economic Club of Washington.
In addition to his role at Johns Hopkins Medicine, he is on boards of the University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the boards of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.
Rubenstein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Business Council (vice-chairman), visiting committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Harvard Business School board of dean's advisors, the board of trustees of the Young Global Leaders Foundation, advisory board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University (chairman), the Madison Council of the Library of Congress (chairman), and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.