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Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s Next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Yeshiva University announced today that Dr. Selma Botman will serve as the University’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1. Botman joins YU from The City University of New York, where she served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and university provost and most recently as professor of Middle Eastern history at the Graduate Center. The appointment was unanimously approved by the YU Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of a search committee comprised of faculty, students, administrators and trustees.

Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost beginning July 1, 2014

Dr. Selma Botman will serve as YU’s next provost

In making the appointment, YU President Richard M. Joel said: “Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities. I believe that she will provide enormous academic leadership to the wonderful team that supports me as we work together to build a strong, sustainable Yeshiva University. Education is about tomorrow and Dr. Botman’s experience and commitment to quality and exploring different paths of learning will enable us to build an environment that supports the best educational practices of today and anticipates even greater innovation in the future.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Dr. Morton Lowengrub joined YU in 1999.

Aug 27, 2007 — President Richard M. Joel has announced that he has promoted Morton Lowengrub, PhD, to the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Lowengrub is invaluable to me and the university as our chief academic officer and as a passionate partner in actualizing the idea that is Yeshiva University,” President Joel said. “Dr. Lowengrub is the key part of a wonderful leadership team that works on our behalf. A serious scholar and professor of mathematics and leader of our faculty and deans since 1999, Dr. Lowengrub has had a profound impact on the academic enterprise of Yeshiva University. His door is always open to faculty and students, and his commitment and dedication have been instrumental to our efforts.”

A graduate of NYU, Dr. Lowengrub holds a master’s degree from California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in mathematics from Duke University. He joined the Indiana University faculty in 1967 and held a series of administrative positions, including chairman of the mathematics department, dean for research and graduate development, and director of the Institute of Advanced Study. He was named dean of the 27,000-student College of Arts and Sciences in 1988.

Dr. Lowengrub has written or co-authored several books and monographs and a number of scholarly articles in the field of applied mathematics dealing with mathematical theory of elasticity, mixed boundary value problems, and integral equations. He has also held several prestigious fellowships and won a series of awards for excellence in teaching and research.

In his position as vice president for academic affairs at YU, he was responsible for overseeing and coordinating academic programs at YU’s three undergraduate and six graduate schools. Academic programming and faculty have significantly broadened under his stewardship.

President Joel said, “His new title reflects his rightful place in our university and in university life.”