The following is a letter from JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen to the JTS Community.
Dear JTS Community,
I am writing to share news about two important developments within the JTS administration.
After 40 years of dedicated and extraordinary service to JTS, and more than 25 years in his current position, Rabbi Michael Greenbaum, vice chancellor and chief operating officer, will be transitioning into a new role. As of July 1, 2012, he will become vice chancellor emeritus and special adviser to the chancellor, counseling me on issues in which he has decades of experience and acting as liaison to specific Conservative Movement institutions and organizations.
Under Rabbi Greenbaum’s operational leadership, JTS has seen major milestones and accomplishments. Among them, Rabbi Greenbaum oversaw operations through three different administrations; professionalized our internal infrastructure institution-wide; directed construction of the JTS Library complex and Kripke Tower; provided active counsel and supervision to the Ramah camping movement; served on the search committees for two chancellors; developed the JTS Grants Office; and represented JTS on the boards of various organizations, including The Jewish Museum, Joint Retirement Board, National Ramah Commission, Association of Theological Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Auburn Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of Theological Education, MERCAZ, Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism, and the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Greenbaum is a respected scholar and recognized expert on Louis Finkelstein (JTS chancellor 1940−1972), having published the groundbreaking book, Louis Finkelstein and the Conservative Movement: Conflict and Growth in 2001. He has taught courses in Conservative Judaism and nonprofit management to generations of JTS students. Rabbi Greenbaum is a beloved member of the community and has proven himself to be a trusted adviser, manager, administrator, and friend in the five years he and I have worked together. With great admiration, appreciation, and affection, I thank Michael for his extraordinary service over the years and look forward to our continued work together in his new position.
I am excited to report that Marc Gary, a highly accomplished corporate leader and valued member of the JTS Board of Trustees, will be joining the administration as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, effective July 1, 2012. Mr. Gary has served on the JTS Board of Trustees, which has long been the backbone of our institution, for the past six years and chaired the task force that developed the new strategic plan for our institution two years ago. He also holds or has held leadership roles with a variety of other Jewish organizations, including United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, American Friends of the Hebrew University, and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. For the past 15 years, he has served as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.
Mr. Gary presently serves as executive vice president and general counsel of Fidelity Investments, and before that was executive vice president and general counsel for BellSouth Corporation. Marc was a partner at Mayer Brown and Platt, an international law firm, for close to 20 years. He also served in the federal government as a special prosecutor, and has devoted a significant portion of his professional life to the cause of securing access to the legal system and to equal justice through leadership positions in organizations such as Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Equal Justice Works, and Greater Boston Legal Services.
I am extremely pleased that Marc will bring the benefit of his vast professional accomplishments and experiences to his new role, that of supervising all business operations and other nonacademic functions for JTS. We are the proud beneficiaries of Marc’s decision to change his career path, and I look forward eagerly to Marc joining our leadership team.
JTS and Conservative Judaism have long prided themselves on locating the proper balance between continuity with the past and imaginative change to meet present and future challenges. Please join me in welcoming Michael and Marc to their new responsibilities, as we continue to ensure that JTS─like the two of them─goes from strength to strength.
Arnold M. Eisen
The Jewish Theological Seminary