Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D.'72

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Jehuda Reinharz, Ph.D.'72

Devoted alumnus, faculty member in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department since 1982, director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and provost under President Samuel O. Thier, Jehuda Reinharz became president of Brandeis University in 1994.

Starting with a modest donor base, he raised more than $1.2 billion during the next 16 and a half years, creating a wide range of academic programs, centers and institutes, including 36 faculty chairs in new areas of teaching and research. He established a broad array of physical facilities, diversified the student body and created international partnerships. During his tenure, President Emeritus Reinharz authored many of his over two dozen books and extensive sets of articles. "The Jew in the Modern World," now in its third edition, is the premier classroom text in its field, and his multivolume biography of Chaim Weizmann is the definitive work on the first president of Israel.

Now president of the Mandel Foundation, President Emeritus Reinharz helps guide the foundation in providing philanthropic support for leadership training, higher education in the United States and Israel, Jewish education and urban renewal. A member of numerous boards and honorary societies, he is the recipient of six honorary doctoral degrees.

Honorary Degree Citation

Scholar, educator, devoted alumnus, president emeritus of Brandeis University. Author of more than 100 articles and more than two dozen books in various languages, you wrote The Jew in the Modern World, one of the most widely adopted college texts in modern Jewish history. For your biography of Chaim Weizmann, you were the first recipient of the President of Israel Prize. A faculty member in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department since 1982 and provost under President Samuel O. Thier, you became president of Brandeis University in 1994. During the next 16 and a half years, you raised more than $1.2 billion, creating a range of academic programs, including 36 faculty chairs. You raised Brandeis’s profile, built a number of new campus facilities, expanded the diversity of the student body and created international partnerships. Now president of the Mandel Foundation, you are helping direct philanthropic support to leadership training, higher education in the United States and Israel, Jewish education and urban renewal.

For your dedication to scholarship and your devotion to this institution on every level, alma mater takes particular pride in recognizing you with its highest honor.