Meet The Staff
Andrew Flagel is senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis. He supervises the offices of admissions, community living (housing), athletics, financial aid, student accounts, the Hiatt Career Center, the Health Center, the Interfaith Chaplaincy, the Intercultural Center, Student Activities, Global Youth Summit and others serving the Brandeis community. He also teaches periodic courses, most recently in the theater department.
Prior to joining Brandeis in 2011, Andrew was associate vice president for enrollment development and dean of admissions at George Mason University. There he also taught in the Department of Communication, was executive director for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and served as advisor to the university band and the Jewish Student Association.
Before George Mason he was the director of admissions at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as the director of enrollment management for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a regional director of admissions at George Washington University (GW).
Andrew earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy and Master of Arts in education and human development from GW. He received his PhD in education with a concentration in communication from the College of Education at Michigan State University.
Herschel is currently an MA/MBA candidate in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Originally from Albany, NY, he is a recent magna cum laude graduate from the Yeshiva University Honors Program, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Business Management. For his senior honors thesis, he developed and ran a survey to quantitatively assess the efficiency of Jewish camp at fostering lasting Jewish values.
Herschel’s excitement and dedication to the Jewish non-profit world stem from his experiences at Camp Yavneh – a pluralistic camp in New Hampshire at which he has spent the past 14 consecutive summers as a camper, counselor, unit head, assistant head of boys and most recently in a custom-built position, Head of Experience. While at Yeshiva, he was a statistics peer tutor, as well as a tutor for Washington Heights public school students both in and out of their classrooms.
He also worked for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, as well as the Mannis Foundation, where he had the chance to be part of a collaborative partnership with the Society for American Baseball Research. When he can find time, Herschel loves to go snowboarding and long-distance running, but usually not on the same day.
Karen Spira is a PhD candidate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) at Brandeis University (MA '11) and a Schusterman Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Her dissertation, “The New Hebrew Child: Education, Care, and Acculturation in Palestine/Israel, 1918-1948,” examines conceptions of Jewish childhood and the development of a new Israeli identity among children living under state care. Over the last 10 years, Spira has taught Israeli and Jewish History at Brandeis University, The University of Georgia, NewBridge on the Charles, synagogues in the Greater Boston Area and New York City, and the Tzion Israel Adult Education program. Spira is a returning faculty mentor for the 2017 Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies. She lives in Waltham with her husband and two children.