Breaking News: Waltham, Massachusetts. Brandeis University has selected a new President who will officially begin the new role in Summer 2016. Ronald D. Liebowitz will become the university’s ninth president Liebowitz (that is “LIE” not “LEI”) served as the President of Middlebury College for eleven years, in Middlebury, Vermont. He is a political geographer with a specialization in Russia. He is no relation to comedian Jon Stewart (Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz), actor Ron Leibman, or former Senator Joe Lieberman.
Brandeis’ Board of Trustees chair, Perry Traquina, former Chairman and CEO of Wellington Management Company, and 1978 grad of Brandeis said, “We are thrilled to welcome Ron Liebowitz to our community. He is a proven visionary and leader who helped a great institution scale even greater heights and deftly managed it through challenging times. Brandeis will benefit so much from his exceptional experience and passion.”
Liebowitz, 58, said, “I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to lead Brandeis. The university’s founding, based on the premise of offering an education to those who had been excluded from the finest universities, is inspiring. Its commitment to social justice, as espoused by its namesake, represents a precious compass for an institution of higher education in the 21st century. And its Jewish heritage and roots reflect a learning environment committed not only to critical thinking but to self-criticism as well. I am excited to work with Brandeis faculty, staff and students to advance Brandeis so it can be a model for teaching, learning and research that befits its history and our times.”
While at Middlebury, Liebowitz launched the School of Hebrew as well as a Center for Social Entrepreneurship.