Jonathan Rosenbaum: Gratz College president will leave post Aug. 31

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 7-23-09

Gratz College president Jonathan Rosenbaum will step down Aug. 31 after 11 years at the helm, officials announced yesterday. Under Rosenbaum, the Melrose Park school developed its first online program in Jewish studies; established its first doctoral program, in Jewish education; started its Legacy Heritage Institute for Jewish Early Childhood Educators; and expanded its undergraduate and graduate programs, college officials said. Enrollment is about 240 in Jewish studies and 1,000 in the master of arts in education program.

Rosenbaum, who will become president emeritus and professor emeritus of religious studies, is leaving to pursue writing and lecturing and spend time with his family, officials said. The college has begun a search for a new president. Founded in 1895, Gratz College was the first transdenominational college of Jewish studies in the United States and continues to teach Jewish studies and train Jewish professionals.

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