President's Message

Dear Fellow BNC Members,

I am very excited to be your new president of the Brandeis National Committee (BNC).

In 1973, a friend told me about a group of women she had met who had not first asked what her husband did for a living or how many children she had. They wanted to know about her. I was intrigued and asked her to bring me along next time they met. Those independent women, it turned out, were members of the Brandeis National Committee (formerly BUNWC). I joined on the spot.

Over the next 43 years, I served BNC in many capacities — as an active member, a chapter leader in Central Westchester, as vice president of learning opportunities and, most recently, as vice president of fundraising. Helping to raise more than 50% of our current Scholarship Campaign goal is without a doubt one of my proudest achievements.

Brandeis University, the first and only Jewish-sponsored nonsectarian university, promised to provide a first-class education to all. It continues to fulfill its promise every day, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of BNC, an organization that has helped it do so since the very beginning.

I start my presidency mindful of the incredible impact this organization has had on the lives of its members -- thousands of women AND men (including my husband, Steve), and on Brandeis. I promise to dedicate myself to ensuring that BNC remains a robust and engaging community with the shared goal of supporting Brandeis University.

Whether you are a newcomer, a lifelong member, a chapter president or a volunteer leader, your participation in BNC is critical and much appreciated. Thank you for being a part of “the family,” for your commitment, your service and all that you do for Brandeis University. I look forward to doing great things together!


Madalyn Friedberg
National President