(1950 - )
Richard M. Joel was inaugurated on September 21,
2003, as Yeshiva University's fourth president in its 118-year-history.
In assuming the leadership of one of the nation's top
academic research universities at his investiture, he put forth a vision
that embraces time-honored values in a 21st century context. That includes
his desire to ennoble YU students' deepest human needs of intellectual
curiosity and discovery, and to educate and enable them to care for
others and contribute to society. The pillars of his vision are nobility
of purpose, excellence in education and endeavor, community building
and communal responsibility, and a visceral connection with Israel and
President Joel's success in revitalizing Jewish campus
life and activism defined his 14 years as president and international
director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, where he
greatly expanded programs, activities, and branches in the nation and
around the world.
Richard M. Joel's presidency is the latest chapter
in the illustrious tradition of YU Presidents, beginning with Bernard
Revel z"tl (1915-1940), Dr.
Samuel Belkin z"tl (1940-1975), and Dr. Lamm (1976-2003).
Richard M. Joel received his bachelor's and law degrees
from New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden law scholar. He
received an honorary doctoral degree from Boston Hebrew College. President
Joel was an assistant district attorney in New York, an associate dean
at YU's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and member of its faculty.
President Joel and his wife, Esther, who holds a Ph.D.
from YU's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, have six children,
three of whom, Avery, Penny, and Ariella, are graduates of Yeshiva College
and Stern College for Women. Avery, also a graduate of Azrieli Graduate
School of Jewish Education, is finishing his semikhah program at RIETS.
He is married to Aliza Schwartz, a graduate of Stern College and the
Azrieli Graduate School. Noam will attend Yeshiva College in the fall,
having completed his second year at Yeshivat Sha'alvim in Israel as
part of YU's S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. Nachum is a student at
Yeshiva University High School for Boys/The Marsha Stern Talmudical
Academy, and Kira recently graduated from SAR Academy in Riverdale.