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Monday, November 3, 2003

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Gregory N. Brown as HUC-JIR's Vice President-Chief Administrative Officer. Starting December 1, 2003, Brown will promote HUC-JIR's institutional vision and ensure that its four centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York function efficiently and effectively. As part of the President's senior administrative team, he will have a wide range of executive responsibilities for establishing and implementing procedures, integrating and coordinating the administration of the four campuses, placing emphasis on strengthening the communications system, and formulating and leading an institutional strategic planning process.

In announcing this appointment, Rabbi David Ellenson stated,"Greg Brown's expertise at a world-class academic institution, University of California at Berkeley, as well as his positions with the City of New Haven and Yale University, have made him a wonderful addition to the HUC-JIR family. He has worked with faculty and staff on a wide range of issues, including ethics and accountability, the redesign of business processes, and various programs of salary, benefits, classification, and personnel systems. Greg brings enthusiasm for the mission of HUC-JIR, and a deep understanding of how organizational effectiveness can be enhanced."

Brown brings extensive management experience in higher education and government to HUC-JIR from his current work as Assistant Vice Chancellor - Finance and Controller at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is responsible for financial accounting and reporting for the school's $1.5 billion in annual expenditures. HUC-JIR will also benefit from his earlier experiences which include work as Controller of the City of New Haven, CT, where he directed the financial operation of New Haven's $300 million general fund budget and supervised a staff of over 90 employees; as Finance Director, Town of Guilford, CT; and as Assistant Comptroller, Financial Reporting and Analysis and as Financial Analyst, Financial Operations and Planning, Yale University, New Haven, CT, where he coordinated Yale's university audit, and prepared and monitored the operating budgets for several school and departments at Yale.

Brown received a M.P.A., with a specialization in accounting and finance, from the University of New Haven, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. He belongs to the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.