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  • President Richard M. JoelRichard M. Joel was inaugurated as Yeshiva University’s fourth president on September 21, 2003. 

    Since assuming the presidency, President Joel has provoked an era of growth at Yeshiva University by catalyzing a renewed focus on academic excellence, enriching university life, fostering competitive career and graduate school achievement, and broadening service to the Jewish and wider communities. 

    President Joel models education based on the notion of Torah Umadda, championing the best of Jewish values and academic achievement. He speaks of a Yeshiva University education as "ennobling and enabling" a generation of leadership to take responsibility for the Jewish people and humanity. 

    Renowned as a talented leader and gifted speaker, President Joel has traveled broadly addressing issues of education and Jewish leadership and identity. 

    Prior to his appointment, he served as president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, where he served as the driving force behind an extraordinary renaissance of Jewish life on campus. During his tenure, he partnered in the launching of Birthright Israel and focused the community on reaching Jewish youth through engagement and empowerment. 

    According to The Forward, which featured President Joel numerous times in its "Forward 50," "when people speak of resuscitating organizations that seem to have lost their relevance or passed their prime, they often invoke the metaphor of doing 'what Richard Joel did for Hillel.' "

    President Joel received his BA and JD from New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar, and has received honorary doctorates from Boston Hebrew College and Gratz College. 

    He was an assistant district attorney and deputy chief of appeals in the Bronx, NY. He served for two years as director of University Alumni Affairs and continued his career at Yeshiva as associate dean and professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. 

    In April 2010, President Joel was named Bravmann Family University Professor. 

    President Joel’s family has a deep connection to the Yeshiva University community. He and his wife, Esther, who holds a PhD from YU’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, have six children, all of whom have attended Yeshiva University.

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