New Leadership at Syms

Yeshiva University Announces the Appointments of Moses Pava, Michael Strauss and Avi Giloni to School of Business Leadership Team

Dr. Moses Pava
Dr. Moses Pava

Dr. Moses Pava, Alvin Einbender Professor of Business Ethics and professor of accounting at the University’s Syms School of Business, has been appointed director of Syms. In his new position, Pava is responsible for both the undergraduate and graduate programs and will be reporting directly to the provost’s office. Pava, who earned his doctorate at New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1990, has been with the business school since 1988. He has chaired the accounting department for many years and has served as chair of the Executive Faculty Committee. He has published numerous books and articles on business ethics and corporate accountability and is an expert on Jewish business ethics.

Michael Strauss
Professor Michael Strauss

Professor Michael Strauss, entrepreneur-in-residence and clinical professor of management at Syms, has been appointed associate director of student advising and administration at Syms where he has taught business courses for several years. Strauss (MBA, Baruch) is a veteran of both large and small companies, having served in senior management roles at several companies including American Express. He is currently CEO of an advanced start-up company that he founded several years ago, BSafe Electrix, Inc. He is also chairman of Sherwood Consulting Group, Inc., and serves on several boards and advisory boards.

Dr. Avi Giloni has been appointed as associate director for academic research of  Syms. Giloni has been with Syms since 2000 when he earned his doctorate from New York University’s Stern School of Business.  He has chaired the Information and Decision Sciences Department since its inception. His research is in robust forecasting, optimization, stochastic system design and their applications to supply chain management. Giloni has published papers in top-tier journals, including Management ScienceProduction and Operations Management, and SIAM Journal on Optimization.

Dr. Avi Giloni
Dr. Avi Giloni

“The new leadership team is committed to the growth of the Syms School of Business on both the Beren and Wilf Campuses,” said said Morton Lowengrub, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Its focus will be on academic excellence, high quality teaching, and providing students with a user-friendly environment where they can gain the qualitative and quantitative skills they will need to succeed in a highly-competitive business world. The Syms School of Business is committed to the ongoing task of re-imagining undergraduate education.”

Syms continues to pursue accreditation through the AACSB International and has recently received the approval of New York State for its Executive MBA program to be launched next year. The MS Program in Accounting, which has now graduated its second class and is growing in both in quality and numbers, will continue to be under the directorship of Dr. Joseph Kerstein. The Syms School also welcomes Dr. S. Abraham Ravid as the Syms Professor of Finance.

Pava, Strauss and Giloni will work with faculty, students, alumni, the Syms School of Business Board of Overseers, prospective employers and the liberal arts programs to increase synergies with the other undergraduate units of Yeshiva University.

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