Eric Fingerhut is the President and CEO of Hillel International. He has devoted his entire professional life to public service and higher education. Fingerhut was appointed president on July 14, 2013 as the organization began its 90th year.
He came to Hillel after a distinguished and varied career. As Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents from early 2007 to 2011, Fingerhut led Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges. In that role, Chancellor Fingerhut earned a reputation as an innovative leader and ardent advocate of the value of higher education.
Working in constant collaboration with the business community and elected officials of both major political parties, Fingerhut developed a strategic plan to prepare students for 21st century jobs.
Most recently, he was Corporate Vice President of Education and STEM Learning business at Battelle. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, where it was founded in 1929, is the world’s largest independent research and development organization. With specialties that include an array of scientific and medical research, Battelle generates approximately $6.5 billion in research and development activity annually and is responsible for more than 22,000 employees worldwide.
From 1997 to 2006, Fingerhut served as an Ohio state senator, where he worked on initiatives ranging from higher education to human services and economic development.
From 1993 to 1994, he represented Ohio’s 19th congressional district in the U.S. Congress and in 2004, he was the Democratic Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. Fingerhut received a juris doctorate from Stanford University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. An active member of Ohio’s Jewish and pro-Israel community, Fingerhut is married to Amy Fingerhut and has two sons, Sam and Charlie.