Jan 11, 2005 — Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel today announced the appointment of Richard C. Bieler to the post of Senior Executive Director for Community Affairs, effective immediately.
“Richard Bieler is a skilled and caring professional. He is an important addition to the talented team that will bring the extensive educational and communal resources of Yeshiva University to communities around the nation and Canada. He will play a vital role in developing and nurturing the university’s relations with the alumni of our many colleges and schools and will cultivate the considerable support this initiative will require,” said President Joel.
Rabbi Bieler will establish community councils throughout North America, consisting of community leaders, members of Yeshiva University boards, parents of YU students, and alumni. The councils will help the university to evaluate the particular needs of each community, advance lifelong education, foster leadership training, create support and funding, as well as strengthen partnerships with alumni. He will be a senior professional in the Department of Development, and will have supervisory responsibility for the offices for alumni affairs.
Rabbi Bieler has more than 20 years experience in advancement and outreach to the Jewish community. For the past 14 years, as director of development at OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, Bais Ezra, and the Lifetime Care Foundation for the Jewish Disabled, he was a central figure in those organizations’ success and mission to help build and rebuild lives and families, through community education, counseling, foster care, programs in domestic abuse, and in summer camp for children with disabilities. He directed the national fundraising campaign of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America from 1986 to 1990, and was director of special projects at YU from 1982 to 1986.
He is a 1974 Yeshiva College alumnus who received ordination from YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1978 and an MS from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1979. Rabbi Bieler and his wife, Lois, have three children and live in West Hempstead, NY.