(Current or recent)
"Ronald Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and vice president for academic programs, planning and budgeting, drew mainly from his personal experiences and his background as a Jew to demonstrate the continued need for affirmative action programs ... . Six out of eight Ivy League universities in recent years have had Jewish presidents, Ehrenberg said."
“It’s fascinating,” observed President James O. Freedman in the February 11 Los Angeles Times, “that there was not a Jewish president of a major university — with one or two exceptions — until about 15 years ago. And then all of a sudden — without notice — there are Jewish presidents now at dozens of major institutions.” Among all those presidents, however, Freedman remains among the most outspoken on Jewish issues in higher education. Through a series of public comments, notably his 1990 attack on the Dartmouth Review, Freedman has repeatedly used his ethnicity to make a name for himself in academic circles. The Los Angeles Times interview concerned his comments at the opening of the Roth Center for Jewish Life, in which he exposed Dartmouth’s history of anti-Semitism."
"Lawrence S. Bacow, recently installed as president of Tufts University, likes to say that the naming of a Jewish college president is hardly newsworthy anymore. After all, MIT named Jerry Weisner in 1970, and since then Jewish presidents have reigned at prestigious institutions from Dartmouth to Harvard, Penn to Princeton ... And, the new Tufts head boasts, every door of the President's mansion on the Medford campus now hosts a mezzuzah, while the kitchen has been koshered for his family's use. Bacow's strong commitment to Judaism and the Jewish community is clear from his positions as a director of the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly and a trustee of Hebrew College, and his wife's role as a trustee of Temple Emmanuel in Newton. He believes it is important for American Jews to 'speak up on behalf of Israel and to show their support visibly,' yet he understands the complexities of the situation."
President: Lawrence Summers (replaced Neil Rudenstine)
"I speak with you today not as President of the University but as a concerned member of our community about something that I never thought I would become seriously worried about -- the issue of anti-Semitism. I am Jewish, identified but hardly devout."
(More concern about anti-Semitism)
President: Richard L. Levin
President: Harvey Shapiro (stepped down after 12 years, in 2001)
President: James O. Freedman
(What Being Jewish Means to Me: "I dearly wish that my father, who had confronted anti-semitism in finding his early teaching positions, had lived long enough to see the installation of Jewish presidents at numerous Ivy League and Big Ten universities.")
More hysterical Judeocentric weirdness from Freedman.
President: Jeffrey Lehman
University of Pennsylvania,
President: Judith Rodin [succeeded in 2004 by Amy Gutmann]
* "KOL NIDRE REMARKS: We ask: 'Where are we, ourselves?' not just, 'Where am I?' We pray collectively, both to recognize our collective responsibilities and to acknowledge the failings and limitations that are common to us all. In this way, we express the essential inter-relatedness between our own actions and the larger community in and for which we act."
* "[T]he University of Pennsylvania will not support divestment from Israel, boycotts of Israeli scholars and scientists, or any effort to stifle the free expression of diverse ideas and opinions about the Middle East conflict by our faculty and students."
* "[T]argeting Israel for divestment and boycotts is wrong."
Penn's Next President,
University of Pennsylvania
"Amy Gutmann, the Provost and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, was elected the University of Pennsylvania’s next president by Penn's Board of Trustees at its Feb. 20  stated meeting."
President: Henry Bienen, also Jewish
"Northwestern hosts an annual summer Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Civilization .... President Bienen serves as the honorary chair for the Institute."
University of California,
President: Richard Atkinson (former Chancellor of UC - San Diego)
(Atkinson is a member of the Board of Directors of the avidly pro-Israel Koret Foundation, which features its "Israel Emergency Fund")
Chairman of the Board: Isaac Stein
McGill University (Canada),
Principal: Bernard Shapiro (stepped down in 2002)
Shapiro has been replaced by Heather Munroe-Blum
(she is married to Jewish screenwriter Len Blum)
President: David Baltimore
Carnegie Mellon University,
President: Jared L. Cohon
"Steven L. Isenberg, who has been Adelphi University's board chairman since the appointment of this group of trustees by the New York State Board of Regents in February 1997, was named interim president of Adelphi on July 26, when Matthew Goldstein announced his departure to become chancellor of the City University of New York."
West Chester University,
President: Madeleine Wing Adler
WCU is the headquarters of the National Association for Holocaust Studies.
(Note from a JTR contributor: Dr. Lawrence Davidson of the WCU history dept. says that "Israelis have come to believe in an alternate history." See page 84, April '03 issue of Washington Report On Middle East Affairs magazine.)
President: Leon Botstein
President: Norman Fainstein,
Report of the Presidential Commission on a Pluralistic Community at Connecticut College
University of Denver,
President: Marc Holtzman
President: Alfred H. Bloom
Dean of the College: Robert Gross
George Washington University,
President: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
University of Chicago,
Chairman of the board: James S. Crown (heir to the wealthy Jewish Crown family -- General Dynamics, etc.)
Vice-Chairman: Andrew M. Alper
Vice-Chairman: Paula Wolff
Secretary of the Board of Trustees: Kineret S. Jaffe
Honorary Trustee: Hugo Sonnenschein
University of Nebraska,
Chancellor: Harvey Perlman
President: Daniel Weiss, succeeds (December 2004) Arthur J. Rothkopf
York University (Canada),
Chair of the Board of Governors: Marshall A. Cohen
-- The York Foundation (the university's fund-raising source) includes Cohen, Judith Cohen, Paul E. Marcus, H. Barry Gales, Alonna Goldfarb, Maxwell Gotleib, Julia Koschitzky, Honey Sherman, and Howard Sokolowski, many with activist ties to Israel.
Goucher College, (Baltimore)
President: Sanford J. Ungar
Temple University (Philadelphia),
President: David Adamy
New School for Social Research,
Dean of Graduate Faculty: Richard Bernstein
The University of Alberta (Canada) has had two Jewish presidents: Max Wyman and Myer Horowitz.
From a correspondent: "When I was at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, the president, Henry Koffler, was a Jew and an open supporter of the JDL [Jewish Defense League], which was strong there. He also sat on the board of the Office of Technology Assessment. He now is the chairman of the U of A Foundation, which manages endowments."
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