Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, has announced the appointment of Adam Gerdts as vice president for institutional advancement. Gerdts is a veteran advancement professional with deep expertise in the world of higher education after an outstanding career at University North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, for which he led its flagship business school. His appointment reflects Yeshiva University’s emergence into a new era.
“This is a moment of incredible opportunity for Yeshiva University as we expand our reach and chart a course toward transformative growth,” said Dr. Berman. “Please join me in welcoming Adam to our campus community and supporting him in the important work to come.”
Gerdts began his development career in 2002 at Manhattan Theater Club, working on five annual fund campaigns and a highly successful capital campaign to restore Broadway’s Biltmore Theater. In 2006, he moved to higher education fundraising with his work at American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gerdts joined UNC in 2007 as director of the Young Alumni Programs for Carolina Annual Fund within the University of North Carolina Development Office. He came to UNC Kenan-Flagler as a major gift officer in 2008, becoming the executive director of development in 2010. In 2014, Gerdts was named the associate dean of advancement.
“What an exciting time to join YU. I look forward to partnering with Dr. Berman, the Board, University leadership and the institutional advancement team to bring this great university to new heights,” said Gerdts. “I am inspired by Dr. Berman’s vision for YU, his commitment to its students, faculty, the Jewish community and the State of Israel.
“I look forward to getting to know the university community and working hard to quickly understand opportunities that will help support academic leadership and the broader faculty, enrich the student experience and enhance programming for our campuses and the world beyond.”