Hillel International is pleased to announce that Hal Ossman will be joining us as Hillel International’s first Chief Campus Officer. This is a critical role in furtherance of our “Drive to Excellence” strategic plan.
“Hal has the experience, insight and creativity to develop the strategies that will lead us to excellence on all Hillel campuses. He has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges our campus professionals face on a daily basis and can be a strong representative for them at the Schusterman International Center,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut.
Ossman currently serves as executive director of Cornell Hillel and has led it through a period of growth, garnering numerous awards for excellence. He also serves as chair of the Hillel Directors’ Cabinet, serves on the Hillel International Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board and has been a mentor and coach to other Hillel directors. Before arriving in Ithaca in 2011, Ossman was the executive director of the University of Delaware Hillel Foundation, associate director of the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation and assistant director at the University of Arizona Hillel. His full biography is below.
As Chief Campus Officer, Ossman will be a positive force for campus excellence throughout the movement. He will oversee the Hillel International programs that directly serve campus Hillels, including Israel Education and Engagement, the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience, Student Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.
“I am proud to deepen my relationship with the global Hillel movement and to extend my commitment to the fostering of strong, positive Jewish experiences on campus to the 550 Hillels across the world,” said Ossman.
About Hal Ossman
Hal Ossman has been the Executive Director of Cornell Hillel since 2011. He has led Cornell Hillel’s budget growth by 20 percent to more than $1,100,000 annually while growing the annual campaign and planning successful donor and alumni events. In addition, Hal has built and strengthened a staff of 10 professionals. Cornell Hillel was selected by Hillel International as the recipient of the Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative, Ask Big Questions Initiative, Israel Fellowship, Ezra Fellowship and MASA Initiative capacity grants as well selected by Repair the World as a campus grant partner. Hal has been very involved in multi-faith work at Cornell, including staffing and advising the Interfaith Youth Core and Cornell United Religious Works collaboration to increase interfaith dialogue and service at Cornell. Hal also served on the inaugural Cornell University Chaplains Cabinet from 2013 to 2015.
Hal has been a member of the Hillel Directors Cabinet since 2013 and its chair since last year. As chair, Hal has also served on the Hillel International Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board.
As Executive Director of the University of Delaware Hillel Foundation from 2007 to 2011, Hal helped Hillel keep pace with the university’s growing Jewish student population, strengthening its student program, budget, professional staff and governance. Delaware Hillel was one of only 10 Hillels to be awarded a four‐year grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator Initiative. Hal received the 2011 Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award from Hillel International for his service.
Hal earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona in 1998 and a Master’s of Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and a Master’s of Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein School of Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University in 2001. He returned to the University of Arizona in 2001 to serve as Hillel Assistant Director for three years. After serving as Young Leadership Division Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, he became the Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation from 2005 to 2007.
While serving as a Hillel Executive Director for the past eight years, Hal has served as the professional coach of first-year Hillel Executive Directors at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Oregon, and the University of Minnesota. He will be relocating from Ithaca, NY to the Washington D.C. area with his wife Rachel and daughters Sage and Erin.