Shoolman Dean Appointed Chief Academic Officer of College

Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief academic officer of Hebrew College, President Daniel Lehmann announced this week. The change became effective July 1.

rabbi michael shireShire will continue to serve as Shoolman dean, and will also assume the deanship of the graduate programs in Jewish studies, including the college’s various Hebrew language offerings.

The former head of Jewish studies, Barry Mesch, will continue in his role as the Stone-Teplow Families Professor of Jewish Thought and special adviser to the president.

As chief academic officer, Shire will work closely with the president, vice presidents and deans to strengthen and promote current and new academic directions that support the college's mission. He will also serve as the academic representative of the college to both internal and external constituencies.

Lehmann said Shire’s skills and background make him well-suited to the position.

“Over the last four years, Michael has demonstrated strong administrative leadership skills, has earned the respect of his peers throughout the college, and has demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to the diverse type of graduate programs we offer,” he said.

Shire said he is looking forward to working in his new capacity at a time when the college is focused on increasing student enrollments and expanding its academic offerings.

“I’m gratified by President Lehmann’s confidence in me and delighted to be working with my colleagues and students in this expanded role,” he said.

He said one of his first orders of business is to hire a director of Jewish studies to run the day-to-day operations of that department.

In a memo to faculty and staff this week, Lehmann thanked Mesch for graciously continuing to lead the Jewish studies program since stepping down as provost two years ago. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to Barry for his unswerving dedication to the college, and his leadership over the course of more than two decades,” he said.

— Posted July 2, 2015