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Hillel President Eric Fingerhut: Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers about Hillel's New President
by Schusterman International Center |Jul 15, 2013|Comments

Eric Fingerhut Headshot 2Today, Hillel announced that Eric Fingerhut will serve as our new president and CEO. The appointment was approved on Sunday by the Hillel Board of Directors in New York.

“I am honored to be joining such an esteemed and important organization,” said Fingerhut. “Everything in my life has led to this moment -- my public service, my work on campuses and research centers across Ohio, and my lifelong devotion to Israel and the Jewish people. And so I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Read on for a list of questions and answers about Eric Fingerhut.

Who is the new president of Hillel?

The Board of Directors unanimously elected Eric Fingerhut to serve as its president on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Fingerhut was most recently a Corporate Vice President of Battelle's Education and STEM Learning business. He previously served as the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents from early 2007 to 2011. From 1997 to 2006, Fingerhut served as an Ohio state senator, and from 1993 to 1994, he represented Ohio's 19th congressional district in the U.S. Congress. Fingerhut received a juris doctorate from Stanford University Law School and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

What are the duties of the president?

The president is charged with leading the international organization by setting the agenda and priorities for more than 550 campuses, both in the US and worldwide. The search committee’s description of the position is available at hillel.org/office-of-the-president

What is Fingerhut’s plan to meet stakeholders?

Fingerhut met with the Board of Directors and members of Hillel’s Board of Governors on July 14, and he will address the professional staff at the Schusterman International Center on Wednesday, July 17. He will then be introduced to hundreds of Hillel professionals and community organizations as they gather at Washington University in St. Louis at Hillel’s annual Institute on July 29. Fingerhut plans to tour key campuses around the country and in Israel within his first 100 days in office.

What is Fingerhut’s involvement in the Jewish community?

He is an active member of Ohio’s Jewish and pro-Israel community, and is familiar to Jewish leaders and pro-Israel leaders nationally, thanks to his personal passion for Jewish life and his work as a public servant. He is the immediate past president of Congregation Agudas Achim in Columbus, and serves as chair of the Jewish Education and Identity committee of the Columbus Jewish Federation.

What will Fingerhut’s immediate plans be in his first days as president of Hillel?

As his daily work with Hillel begins, Fingerhut will explore how the organization is meeting its mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students.

He is excited to get to know the professional staff that is the backbone of Hillel, and to support their efforts to redouble the number of Jewish students who are engaging, experimenting and exploring Jewish life, learning and Israel. He is eager to meet the next generation of Jewish leaders on college campuses, and hear their stories firsthand.

Is Fingerhut active on social media?

Yes. He maintains his own Twitter account @eric_fingerhut and will be playing an instrumental role in the official social media efforts of Hillel on Twitter @HillelFJCL and Facebook at facebook.com/HillelFJCL.

How can I arrange an interview?

Requests should be directed to Ellen Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at egoldstein@hillel.org; (202) 449-6534.

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