UPDATE:

As expected, Pres. Reinharz has announced his resignation. He plans to stay on until the next president is selected by the Board of Trustees, or June 30, 2011, meaning he will continue as president for up to three more semesters. Though there were some decisions on which he seriously fucked up (the Rose Art Museum comes to mind) he also did a great job raising Brandeis’ endowment and prestige. Unfortunately, the Rose seems to have done him in… though he told the Hoot that “the situation with the Rose… had no impact on this decision,” and claims to have “reached the conclusion that now is the right time for me to focus on the next chapter of my career,”  I suspect pressure from angry alumni, faculty, and students certainly had a good deal to do with that conclusion.

I, for one, thought he was a pretty good, if often tricky, President, though I have had no chance for comparison. This one caught me by surprise – I thought Reinharz had mostly weathered the Rose / budget crisis storm and was back on top. To his credit, he didn’t leave when things started getting nasty, but waited until they cooled down. Anyways, check out Phil and Sahar’s posts for some more nuanced reflection.

The full text of Reinharz’ email is below the break.

September 24, 2009

To the Brandeis Community:

I wanted to let you know that I have made the decision to step down from the presidency of Brandeis University.  I have reached the conclusion that now is the right time for me to focus on the next chapter of my career.  I have notified the Board of Trustees and they have requested that I continue in my role for this upcoming academic year and stay on as president until a successor has been selected up until June 30, 2011 if necessary.  Following the completion of my term as President of Brandeis, I expect to be the president of a significant foundation, where I can address issues facing the Jewish community at the national and international level.

Serving Brandeis for nearly three decades has been a great honor, which I have enjoyed immensely.  Ours is an active, engaged community; one that is both intellectually strong and fiercely passionate; it is one that has never failed to make me proud to be a part of Brandeis. I believe the future is very bright for the University and I am confident that my successor will take Brandeis to even greater heights.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have helped make Brandeis one of the great universities in this country.

Sincerely,
Jehuda Reinharz, President
Brandeis University

Below you will find my letter to Mal Sherman, Chairman of the Brandeis Board of Trustees, and his response.


August 31, 2009

Mr. Malcolm Sherman
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA  02454

Dear Mal,

I am writing to inform you of my intent to resign as President of Brandeis University.   I am letting you know now so that ample time is available to plan for a smooth transition.

As you can imagine, I do so with a great mix of emotions: pride at what we have collectively achieved over these last sixteen years; confidence that this is the right juncture to hand the reins over to the next leader; and a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia and fondness for the Brandeis family that has been my own for almost thirty years.  During my tenure at Brandeis, I have had the opportunity to work in partnership with some of the brightest minds in academia.

It is now time for me to enter the next chapter of my professional life.  I plan to continue to serve in the non-profit arena at the national and international level where I can address issues facing the Jewish community.  I have already been approached by two foundations to run their organizations at the conclusion of my time at Brandeis.

I feel strongly that this is the right time for me personally to move on to a new challenge.  Many of the goals that I set out for my presidency have been accomplished.  I will leave the University in good condition with a strong foundation on which to build in the future.  The Brandeis of today is significantly different than it was sixteen years ago.  It is a stronger brand, with a national and international reputation for academic excellence.  It is dramatically more diverse in its student body.  It offers a substantially larger curriculum with new creative areas of study.  It has state-of-the-art facilities that enhance the teaching and learning experience.

The challenges facing all educational institutions of higher learning in the coming years are considerable.  I remain steadfast in my commitment to leading Brandeis until new leadership is in place and will work tirelessly with the campus community and friends of the University to ensure Brandeis’ success.  I have enjoyed the challenge of leading Brandeis and will always be ready to be helpful in any way I can.

Sincerely,

Jehuda Reinharz, President
Brandeis University


September 24, 2009

President Jehuda Reinharz
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454

Dear Jehuda,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I accept your letter of resignation with reluctance but with the understanding that you have thought long and hard about this decision.  As you know, we would have greatly preferred that you complete your term.  But we appreciate your willingness to continue leading Brandeis for this academic year and until a successor has been named.  We also understand that your commitment to stay on as President will not go beyond June 30, 2011.

While at this time it is difficult to think about Brandeis in the absence of you as its visionary, we feel fortunate that you will hold the position of President Emeritus, working with the Board and Brandeis following your tenure as president.

When you became President in 1994, you set ambitious goals for yourself and for the University. Your dedication to the achievement of these goals has been extraordinary.  While many leaders of higher education are professionally fulfilled after a few years of service and a few accomplishments, your unusually long commitment to the Brandeis community is a testament to your character and devotion.

In partnership with your talented staff and faculty, you have succeeded in strengthening all aspects of the University from the physical plant to the curriculum to university finances.  You have guided this University in prosperous and difficult times with an unwavering focus on providing all students with an exceptional education.

Under your leadership, we have witnessed a heightened profile within the international academic community and an exceptionally diverse student body ethnically, racially, religiously and geographically.

One of your accomplishments that I am most proud of as Chairman of the Board is the increase in financial assistance to our student body and indeed that 72% of our students receive some form of financial aid.  As we both know, access to education changes one’s life.  We need only look at our impressive alumni who have made tangible imprints on all sectors of our society.

Your pursuit of excellence on behalf of Brandeis has been incredible and I feel privileged to have worked alongside you for the past sixteen years.  Please know that we all recognize that your hard work and dedication have kept this University on its path of greatness and will allow us to continue to flourish in the future.  All of us on the Board of Trustees have the utmost gratitude and admiration for your leadership and stewardship.

Sincerely,

Malcolm Sherman
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Brandeis University

ORIGINAL POST:

According to multiple unsubstantiated ethereal sources (UPDATE: this has been confirmed), Pres. Reinharz, after a long and storied tenure at Brandeis University, will be announcing his resignation at midnight. The announcement will be made by the Justice and the Hoot at midnight. Innermost Parts, which (like you) was not given access by the administration to this information, is telling you now.

This is possibly in response to a recent, renewed faculty push for Pres. Reinharz’ resignation after his mishandling of the Rose incident. We’ll publish more details as they come in. Analysis to come shortly.

UPDATES:

We believe Marty Krauss will take over the job of President, though for how long we are unsure. (UPDATE: no mention of this in the email, but a likely temporary selection nonetheless)

– We’ve got more sources confirming this news. If you’re reading this and know more about the situation, please email us right away at czar@innermostparts.org

– This is going down, folks. You’ll receive an email at midnight telling you all about it.

51 comments on “BREAKING: Pres. Reinharz to resign”

  1. Sahar Says:

    RTZK, you’re right on this one.