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YU President Richard M. Joel (left) and Chairman of the Board Emeritus Ronald P. Stanton.

Sep 26, 2006 — Former YU chairman of the board and New York City industrialist Ronald P. Stanton has announced a gift of $100 million to Yeshiva University. The largest single gift ever in North America in support of Jewish education and Jewish life, Mr. Stanton’s contribution affirms his commitment to Yeshiva University’s distinctive mission and his endorsement of the strategic direction set by the University’s president, Richard M. Joel.

The contribution creates the Ronald P. Stanton Legacy, an innovative philanthropic fund to help realize the University’s bold strategic directions to enhance undergraduate and Jewish education. This “revolving” fund will provide the means to expeditiously pursue projects, acquisitions, and programs identified by the University President. The Ronald P. Stanton Legacy will benefit the University’s growth initiatives in facilities acquisition and renovation, the recruitment and retention of top quality faculty across the various disciplines, faculty research and scholarship, and undergraduate and Jewish education. Assets drawn from the fund will be replenished as named gifts for these initiatives are received from other benefactors.

Mr. Stanton is chairman of Transammonia, Inc., a private company that trades, distributes and transports fertilizer materials, liquefied petroleum gases, petrochemicals, and crude oil. Established by Mr. Stanton in 1965, Transammonia is listed by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s 100 largest private corporations.

Born in 1928 in Wiesbaden, Germany, Mr. Stanton immigrated to the United States in 1937. His involvement with Yeshiva University began soon after, when he was offered a scholarship by Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York, to study at the institution and prepare for a career in the rabbinate. He preferred a career in business, and chose to study economics at City College of New York, from which he graduated in 1950. However, he formed a long-standing personal and philanthropic relationship with the University. In 1976, he was elected to Yeshiva University’s Board of Trustees; in 1992, he was named a Vice Chairman and 10 years later was elected the seventh Chairman of the Board. He continues to serve as the longest serving member of the University’s board. As Chairman of the University’s successful $400 million capital campaign, launched in 2000, he guided the campaign to its goal in just three years. For that campaign, he established a $10 million capital fund.

“We are extremely grateful to Ron for his historic beneficence, as well as his steadfast confidence in Yeshiva University’s mission,” said President Richard M. Joel. “Indeed, Ron is ensuring that Yeshiva University solidifies its position as one of America’s ‘top-tier’ research universities, while also maintaining its unique identity in academia – a place where excellence in liberal arts and sciences is pursued hand-in-hand with the timeless teachings of the Jewish story, and where wisdom is brought to life through a value-centered education that fosters a heightened sense of advocacy and responsibility to the betterment of humanity.”

“The people who created Yeshiva University expressed a boldness of purpose and imagination as well as the dedication and willingness to give of themselves in order to achieve where we are today,” said Mr. Stanton. “I have confidence in President Joel’s far-reaching vision of where the University should be tomorrow, and am thankful to be able to give my own contribution to help him achieve it.”

A previous gift from Mr. Stanton endowed the Hedi Steinberg Library at Stern College for Women, the University’s undergraduate college of arts and sciences for women, named for Mr. Stanton’s mother. She was an inspiring life force for Mr. Stanton through her deep and abiding commitment to Jewish causes. This commitment was magnificently manifested in her efforts on behalf of Yeshiva University and other Jewish organizations.

Mr. Stanton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University in 1982.

In addition to his involvement with the University, Mr. Stanton is an honorary trustee of Congregation Shearith Israel, and a member of the boards of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Lincoln Center.

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Sep 26, 2007 — When Columbia University announced that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to speak on its Morningside Heights campus, Yeshiva University students immediately began organizing their protest. Despite being on vacation, at least 30 Yeshiva University students made their voices heard among the hundreds of other activists gathered to protest Ahmadinejad’s visit on Monday.

Jeremy Stern ’07Y, a second-year semikhah student at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) who is also completing a master’s degree at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, felt that it was his duty as part of the academic community to go to Columbia and stand up for his beliefs. “We were not just protesting Ahmadinejad, but also that a university would take steps to give legitimacy on its campus to such a person. It is an issue for students across the board, not just at Columbia.”

The Yeshiva University contingent, organized by Stern with the help of fellow RIETS student and Columbia alumnus Eitan Ben David, assembled at the gates of Columbia bearing signs that read “Yeshiva University Won’t Talk With Terrorists,” “Don’t Talk With Terror,” and “Some Things Are Not Up For Discussion.”

Stern stressed that although “we are fully supportive of free speech, the issue is that this gives legitimacy to someone by letting him speak at Columbia. One can have the right to speak, but that doesn’t mean you have to give him a platform to spread his views.”

Other YU students, including many from Yeshiva University High School, and President Richard M. Joel gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the United Nations, where Ahmadinejad spoke on Tuesday. YU’s Office of Student Affairs distributed hundreds of thunder sticks to the protesters.

“Our students were there as proud Jews and Americans to send forth the message that we should not sanction giving bigotry and injustice a platform,” said President Joel. “I was honored to raise my voice alongside them.”

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Dr. Jeffrey Glanz

Sep 26, 2007 — Jeffrey Glanz, Ed.D, has been appointed the inaugural occupant of the Stanley and Raine Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values in Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University (YU). Dr. Glanz recently joined the Azrieli faculty after a long and distinguished career as a teacher and assistant principal in the New York City public school system, as a dean of graduate programs, and as a university professor.

“Dr. Glanz brings years of outstanding experience in public education and on the university campus, along with a long and impressive list of publications in many of the most prestigious journals in our discipline,” said Azrieli’s Dean David Schnall. “Dr. Glanz’s appointment to the Silverstein Chair signals a major contribution to the field as he sets his considerable talents toward the needs of Jewish education in all its facets.”

A sought-after speaker at national conferences, Dr. Glanz joins Azrieli as a full professor with tenure. He brings his broad array of scholarly and professional interests to his position including supervision, educational leadership, administration, curriculum, and teaching of history, theory, and practice; ethical and transformative leadership; leadership styles; establishing schools as collaborative learning communities; teaching of ethics in day schools and yeshivot; and education during and after the Holocaust.

‘I am honored and humbled to hold the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values,” said Dr. Glanz. “Whether it’s talking about ethical behavior in the classroom, sifting through the moral dilemmas educators face daily, or discussing the viability of setting standards in Jewish education, this chair, so graciously donated by the Silverstein family, can serve as the fulcrum for much-needed attention to the study of ethics at Azrieli.”

Mr. Silverstein, founder and chairman of Nina Footwear and director of the Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by YU at the university’s 76th annual commencement exercises in May. He is a longtime supporter of YU.

Prior to coming to YU, Dr. Glanz served as Dean of Graduate Programs and Chair of the Department of Education at Wagner College in Staten Island. Earlier, he served as executive assistant to the president of Kean University in Union, NJ. He was named Graduate Teacher of the Year in 1999 by the Student Graduate Association and was also that year’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

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