January 16, 2019

American Jewish University Names Dr. Jeffrey Herbst As President

Dr. Jeffrey Herbst has been named the new president of American Jewish University (AJU).

In a statement released Jun 6, AJU said that Herbst’s appointment was unanimous. The decision came 10 months after Robert Wexler stepped down from the position last September.

“It is a great honor to be named the new president of American Jewish University,” Herbst, who will become the university’s fourth president, said in a statement. “To lead a thriving Jewish institution that educates across the lifecycle – engaging children in summer camp, teaching students in undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing the next generation of rabbis and Jewish educators, and educating the wider community is tremendously exciting.”

Herbst previously held positions as  president of Colgate University in New York, the Newseum in Washington D.C. and vice president of academic affairs at Miami University. His work has been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

“Jeffrey Herbst is a visionary leader with outstanding experience in higher education and management,” Virginia Maas, chair of the AJU Board of Directors, said in a statement. “He brings to AJU a passion for education, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong commitment to Jewish life and culture.”

Maas added, “AJU will continue to grow and thrive among the vibrant landscape of American Jewry, and the entire Board looks forward to partnering with Dr. Herbst as he guides American Jewish University into the future.”

Herbst will begin his presidency on July 1.

This article has been modified to correct Virginia Maas’ name.