Dr. Bill Robinson Named New Dean of JTS’s William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education

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June 9, 2014, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bill Robinson as the new dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Dr. Robinson, who will assume his new post on September 1, 2014, succeeds Dr. Jeffrey S. Kress, who served as interim dean for the current academic year. 

Dr. Robinson comes to JTS from the Jewish Education Project, where he has served for seven years as chief strategy officer. During his tenure there, together with CEO Bob Sherman and a stellar leadership team he helped to build, he was integral to the transformation of the 100-year-old organization—formerly known as the Board of Jewish Education—into its current, vibrant form. Together they designed a new model for central agencies of Jewish education to implement innovations in Jewish learning. In recognition of this, in 2011, the Jewish Education Project became the first legacy organization to be named to the Slingshot list of top 50 innovative Jewish nonprofits in North America.

"I am thrilled at the prospect of Bill Robinson assuming leadership of The Davidson School," says Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS. "He does so at a time of rapid transformation in the field of Jewish education, and brings immense intelligence, hands-on experience, energy, and commitment to the task of setting a new agenda for The Davidson School that will address the changing needs of the Jewish community. Dr. Robinson is an expert on leadership and a proven leader. I am proud that he has elected to join us at JTS."

"I am extremely excited to join with friends and colleagues (both old and new) at JTS to contribute to the continual building of The Davidson School as a vital center for Jewish education," says Dr. Robinson.

Dr. Robinson's experience in cutting-edge strategy for Jewish education includes past roles as director of education and research at the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life in New York City; director of Jewish education at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey; managing director of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; and staff researcher at the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Robinson received an interdisciplinary PhD in Social Theory from Rutgers University.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr. Robinson to The Davidson School, and very pleased that he will be our new dean," says Dr. Kress. "I know that this will be a time of continued success and innovation at the school, and I am looking forward to working with him as I step back into my faculty role."

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is North America's largest pluralistic school of Jewish education, granting graduate-level degrees in Jewish education and providing professional development and curricula programs to educators currently in the field. It continues to fill the ever-growing demand for well-trained, competent leaders in Jewish education across the continent and beyond.