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Thursday, January 1, 2004

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Andrew Grant as HUC-JIR's National Director of Institutional Giving. As of December 1, 2003, Grant is HUC-JIR's national grants officer, overseeing operations of HUC-JIR's grants office, identifying sources of funding, preparing grants and proposals, managing grants that are receive, and serving as a liaison to funding sources.

Erica Frederick, Vice President of Development of HUC-JIR, stated: "We are delighted to be welcoming Andrew to the team at HUC-JIR. His experience in the field will enable the department to succeed in providing funding throughout the College-Institute."

Grant, who brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, has had a long and successful history of grant funding and proposal development within the New York academic, corporate and Jewish communities. He has held positions directing grants offices at the New York City Board of Education, Hofstra University, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Teachers College Columbia University, Baruch College, The Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, and Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation.

Among his previous successes, he helped raise $4 million through the New York State Department of Health for two grants that would train medical staff and help combat the nursing shortage. Recently he was honored with a twenty-year Service Award from Hofstra University where he continues to teach grants and proposal writing classes to graduate students. He has authored numerous articles in this field.

Andrew Grant earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University, where he also earned the Master of Urban Planning and Master of Education degrees. Grant also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University. He resides in Cold Spring Harbor, New York with his wife and daughter.

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.