Ronald D. Liebowitz

President at Brandeis University

Ronald D. Liebowitz

Ronald D. Liebowitz

President at Brandeis University


Ronald D. Liebowitz became Brandeis University’s ninth president on July 1, 2016. The former president of Middlebury College, Liebowitz is a recognized administrative leader in higher education, whose academic scholarship centers on political geography, Russia, and higher education.

Brandeis is a medium-sized private research university with global reach, dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education and groundbreaking intellectual discovery. Founded by the American Jewish community at a time when many elite universities were discriminating against Jews and others, Brandeis is a secular institution animated by Jewish values, including a reverence for learning, critical thinking, and making the world a better place.

Under President Liebowitz’s leadership, Brandeis has reaffirmed its special role in higher education, and has ushered in a new era of transparency and accountability as it refocuses on the quality of the undergraduate experience and the intellectual strength of its faculty.

“Ours is a community rooted in purpose, guided by our founding values, and poised to lead in education and research in the 21st century,” Liebowitz has said of Brandeis. “It is our charge, our opportunity now, to reignite the flame of our mission for a new generation.”

In an October 2018 speech titled “A Framework for Our Future,” Liebowitz outlined an ambitious vision for the university. The vision calls for renewing support for the highest level of research excellence from its faculty; restructuring the student residential experience; and re-energizing the university's attention to its founding Jewish values. These founding values include emphasizing countering bigotry and prejudice, relentlessly pursuing justice to help improve the world, insuring openness to criticism and self-criticism even on its own values, and upholding unwavering reverence for learning.

The New York City native served as president of Middlebury from 2004 to 2015. In all, he spent 32 years on the faculty of the liberal arts college in Vermont.

Liebowitz had a transformative impact on Middlebury. Under his leadership, the college made enormous academic, programmatic, reputational, and financial strides, including the successful completion of a $500 million capital campaign, which surpassed its goal. During his tenure, Middlebury added 120 endowed student scholarships and 16 endowed faculty positions, acquired the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and opened the Center for Social Entrepreneurship as well as the School of the Environment, and led the institution to becoming carbon neutral 10 years after setting that goal. In 2009, Time magazine named Liebowitz one of the 10 best U.S. college presidents.

Liebowitz earned a BA in economics and geography from Bucknell University, and a doctorate in geography from Columbia University. His scholarship has focused on fiscal federalism, intraregional economic relations, and the nationality question in the former Soviet Union. He has received a number of research grants, including from the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Research and Exchanges Board.

His current research focuses on higher education. He is now working on a multiyear research project with his wife, Jessica, on the dynamics of the higher education workforce and the future of doctoral education in the United States.

The Liebowitzes and their children live in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Brandeis University
Middlebury College

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Director, Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University

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Established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg; renamed Bucknell University in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, a major benefactor. The University is highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational (since 1883), residential, and undergraduate, with a small graduate program.


Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

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2016 - Current

Brandeis University is an American private research university with a liberal arts focus. It is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, 9 miles (14 km) west of Boston. The university has an enrollment of approximately 3,600 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.[4] It was tied for 32nd among national universities in the United States in U.S. News & World Report 's 2014 rankings. Forbes listed Brandeis University as number 51 among all national universities and liberal arts colleges combined in 2013. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian Jewish community-sponsored coeducational institution on the site of the former Middlesex University. The university is named for Louis Brandeis (1856–1941), the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1984 - Prior

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont, in the United States. Founded in 1800, it is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the United States. Drawing 2,500 undergraduates from all 50 states and over 70 countries, Middlebury offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. Middlebury follows a 4–1–4 academic calendar, with two four-course semesters and a one-course January term. Middlebury is the first American institution of higher education to have granted a bachelor's degree to an African-American, graduating Alexander Twilight in the class of 1823. Middlebury was also one of the first formerly all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become a coeducational institution, following the trustees' decision in 1883 to accept women.

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