Professor Ron Robin to Be Next President of the University of Haifa

Professor Ron Robin has been recommended by the University of Haifa Presidential Search Committee and other University bodies to be the next President of the University.  Currently Prof. Robin is Senior Vice Provost for Global Faculty Development at New York University.

Prof. Robin is a well-known researcher whose roots are firmly planted at the University of Haifa and who knows the Israeli and global academic system well.

Prof. Ron Robin

Prof. Robin spent 20 years teaching at the University of Haifa. In 1986, after completing his Ph.D. in American History from the University of California in Berkeley, Prof. Robin joined the History Department Faculty and rose through the ranks from lecturer to full professor. He also served five years as the Dean of Students.

In 2006 Prof. Robin joined the Department of Media Culture and Communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In his current post as Senior Vice Provost he has overseen the establishment of NYU international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.  He also oversees the Center for Advancement of Teaching and the Faculty Resource Network which provides professional development opportunities to faculty at 55 partner institutions.

The University of Haifa Presidential Search Committee was comprised of public figures, including the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Senate Representatives and a senior member from academia who is not a faculty member of the University. The Committee felt that Prof. Robin is a team player and his approach is collaborative and encompassing.

Following the decision of the Search Committee the nomination of Prof. Robin was approved by the University Senate and the Executive Committee of Board of Governors.  The next and final step in the process is the ratification by the Board of Governors in its session to be held in early June 2016.

Prof. Robin will succeed current President Amos Shapira who will complete a full four year term at the end of September 2016. President Shapira announced he will not pursue another term as President during the last session of the Board of Governors in June 2015 in order to allow for a proper search to be initiated for his successor.

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