Dr. Steven F. Windmueller Appointed Interim Dean of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has appointed Dr. Steven F. Windmueller to serve as Interim Dean of HUC-JIR's Los Angeles Campus, effective July 1, 2006. Dr. Windmueller has served as the Director of HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service since 1995 and is Adjunct Full Professor of Jewish Communal Service. 

"Dr. Windmueller's leadership of our Los Angeles campus will be enriched by his extensive expertise developed during the course of a thirty-year career within the Jewish community" said Rabbi Ellenson. 

As Interim Dean, Dr. Windmueller will serve as the chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the Los Angeles campus. He will provide leadership for the campus's faculty, staff, resources, and students; maintain and enhance relations with HUC-JIR's partner institution, the University of Southern California; build community recognition and support for the campus; and enhance governance and planning. 

As a distinguished member of the College-Institute's administration and faculty for over a decade, Dr. Windmueller has been engaged in teaching future communal service professionals, writing about issues affecting the Jewish community, and serving as a national consultant to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. 

Among the prominent positions he has held, Dr. Windmueller served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Dr. Windmueller had previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York. He began his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee. 

A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. He has appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC, and other nationally syndicated media offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Over the years his more than thirty articles and monographs have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles TimesSh'ma and Moment Magazines, theJerusalem Letter, and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service

During his professional service, Dr. Windmueller has consulted with government officials and political candidates and has had occasion to represent the Jewish community on various international missions. He has been contributed a number of articles to recent books on Jewish public policy and leadership issues. His Pew-funded research on the major national Jewish community relations agencies appeared in a recent publication, Jewish Polity and American Civil Society: Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Square (Roman and Littlefield, 2002). 

Dr. Windmueller received a grant in 1999 from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation to undertake the first major study of Latino-Jewish relations in Los Angeles. Key elements of this research appear in a new book entitledCalifornia Jews. In 2004, he produced a textbook on the practice of Jewish community relations, entitled You Shall Not Stand Idly By, published by the American Jewish Committee. In early 2005, Dr. Windmueller collaborated with Professor Gerald Bubis in producing the first study on the formation of the UJC (United Jewish Communities), entitled Predictability to Chaos?? How American Jewish Leaders Reinvented their National Jewish Communal System. 

Active in the Jewish community, Dr. Windmueller currently serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. He was named a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in 1999. 


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