President Jehuda Reinharz today sent out a letter to the Brandeis community, detailing the committee that would choose his successor.

The goods:

Trustee Meyer Koplow ’72, managing partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York, will chair the search committee. Other Trustee members of the committee will be Allen Alter ’71, Senior Producer at CBS News; Jack Connors, civic leader and former Chairman of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.; D. Ronald Daniel, Director of McKinsey & Company; Stephen B. Kay, former Chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and Senior Director at Goldman, Sachs & Company; Myra Kraft ’64, philanthropist; and Barbara Mandel, philanthropist. Also serving on the committee will be Michael Sandel ’75, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University; and Thomas Friedman ’75, Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York Times.

Brandeis faculty members on the search committee are Gregory Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacodynamics and of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center; Leonard Saxe, Professor of Jewish Community Research and Social Policy; Gina Turrigiano, Professor of Biology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems./blockquote>

The fact that Michael Sandel will be on the committee makes me feel a lot better. If only they could also get Michael Walzer, too.

So. I was told that the fact that there are no students on the search committee was due to the lack of faculty. Now I hear that there are 3. While it’s great that faculty are allowed into the “big kids club”, this just makes the lack of staff, grad students, and undergrads more grating.

Full letter:

Dear Brandeis community members,

At the meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, October 29, Chairman Malcolm Sherman announced the appointment of the Presidential Search Committee that will seek President Reinharz’s successor. He noted that the search committee would proceed carefully and deliberately, cognizant of the Brandeis values and mission that must be protected.

Trustee Meyer Koplow ’72, managing partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York, will chair the search committee. Other Trustee members of the committee will be Allen Alter ’71, Senior Producer at CBS News; Jack Connors, civic leader and former Chairman of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.; D. Ronald Daniel, Director of McKinsey & Company; Stephen B. Kay, former Chair of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and Senior Director at Goldman, Sachs & Company; Myra Kraft ’64, philanthropist; and Barbara Mandel, philanthropist. Also serving on the committee will be Michael Sandel ’75, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University; and Thomas Friedman ’75, Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York Times.

Brandeis faculty members on the search committee are Gregory Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacodynamics and of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center; Leonard Saxe, Professor of Jewish Community Research and Social Policy; Gina Turrigiano, Professor of Biology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems.

Commenting on the presidential search process, Mr. Koplow noted that there would be an opportunity for all faculty members to be heard, as well as an essential role for students. In the course of the search, the committee will report periodically to the Board.

Sincerely,

Jehuda Reinharz

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