Phyllis Volan Appointed Director of Development, Central Region

Monday, June 22, 2015

Phyllis Volan was appointed Director of Development for the Central Region of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), based at its Cincinnati campus, as of April 20, 2015. 

"Phyllis Volan has a passionate commitment to the College-Institute and its sacred mission of preparing Jewish leaders and educating scholars of all faiths," notes Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean of the Cincinnati campus.  "We are inspired by her dedication to sustaining our campus's Rabbinical School and School of Graduate Studies, enhancing our renowned Klau Library, Skirball Museum, and other campus resources, and strengthening our campus's dynamic engagement with the Cincinnati community and the larger Midwest region."

Volan served HUC-JIR as a member of the Central Region's development support team from 2000-2009. She coordinated the Cincinnati campus' annual Tribute Dinner, supported volunteer leadership, developed database analysis for fundraising efforts, and helped to initiate fundraising strategies throughout the Midwest.

In 2010, Volan joined the Central Region's professional development team and has held increasing leadership positions as she grew revenue, guided and strengthened the impact of the Board of Overseers, led the region’s Annual Fund program, and introduced the Cincinnati campus to volunteers and donors throughout the Midwest.  

In her new position, Volan will direct the activities of the Office of Development while working closely with Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati; faculty; administration; and community leadership to continue to strengthen the revenue sources that support the education and training of Reform rabbis and interfaith scholars.

Prior to joining HUC-JIR, Volan worked in the corporate community for 18 years as she lead personnel, managed human resources, and directed organizational strategies. 

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, 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.