• Office of the President

  • Richard M. Joel, JD

     President Richard M. Joel

    Richard M. Joel, JD

    646.592.4300 | president@yu.edu  

    Josh Joseph, MA

     Rabbi Josh Joseph

    Josh Joseph, MA

    Senior Vice President
    646.592.4306 | josh.joseph@yu.edu

    Rabbi Josh Joseph is the senior vice president at Yeshiva University where he has operating responsibility for the administrative and academic aspects of the University, ensuring effective planning and service delivery. Josh guides the University’s strategic planning process as well as its implementation. He also works to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of various departments around the University, developing collaboration opportunities and proper partnerships between and among faculty, administration, staff, students and trustees.


    A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Pennsylvania. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while simultaneously completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, sponsored by the Muehlstein Foundation and UJA Federation NY and Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education. Most recently, Josh was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program which he is on track to complete by the summer of 2016.


    Josh previously worked in a hedge fund, as a pulpit rabbi, and served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus. Before joining the YU administration, Josh served as director of special projects for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, where he developed his passion for social entrepreneurship that informs his daily work.

    He and his wife, Julie, live in Lawrence and are the proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.

    Julie Auster, JD


    Julie Auster, JD

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    646.592.4335 | julie.auster@yu.edu

    Julie Auster is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Yeshiva University. In her role as CHRO, she provides strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of integrated human resources programs and policies including University Benefits, Employee/Labor Relations, Compensation, Recruitment, Diversity and Affirmative Action, and Training and Development.  She also oversees Title IX compliance activities. These programs support all officers, faculty, and staff of YU, and enhance YU’s organizational performance and capability.

    Auster began her career at the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. She came to YU from Sarah Lawrence College, where she served as Vice President for Human Resource Services and Legal Affairs.  Auster had a long and distinguished tenure at Sarah Lawrence, in positions that oversaw areas such as Human Resources, Risk, Budget and Legal Affairs.  Auster received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and JD from Pace University, and is a member of the New York Bar Association. She is also Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union and on the Board of Trustees of the Graham School Foundation

    Selma Botman, PhD

     Dr. Selma Botman

    Selma Botman, PhD

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    212.960.5217 | Selma.Botman@yu.edu

    Dr. Botman, who grew up outside of Boston, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University, a B.Phil. in Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies and Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. A scholar of modern Middle Eastern politics and society, she has published three books and a number of scholarly articles. She has also taught a range of courses on the Modern Middle East and international development.

    Provost Botman has dedicated her career to higher education and has served in leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Southern Maine, and The City University of New York. Under her leadership as provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CUNY created a School of Public Health, an Institute for Demographic Research, a master¹s program in Middle Eastern Studies, and CUNY's first-ever online degree. Provost Botman also headed a Campaign for Student Success   which set out to ensure that more students successfully graduated from the colleges of the university.

    As the president of the University of Southern Maine, she inspired new academic programs, raised scholarship dollars for students who would have otherwise been unable to attend the university, and promoted technology assisted instruction. Dr. Botman's commitment to campus engagement with local communities resulted in a five-campus environmental studies initiative at the University of Massachusetts that addressed community needs during her tenure. As Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMass, she strengthened technology and engineering education throughout Massachusetts by bringing together K-12 teachers, university faculty, and retired engineers to design new programs that were introduced to secondary schools, and helped create UMass Online.

    Dr. Botman has also taught at the College of the Holy Cross where she was involved in international programs and promoted Middle Eastern studies.

    Rabbi Kenneth Brander, MA

     Rabbi Kenneth Brander

    Rabbi Kenneth Brander, MA

    Vice President for University and Community Life
    212.960.5263 | brander@yu.edu

    Rabbi Kenneth Brander is the inaugural dean of the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) at Yeshiva University. The CJF shapes, enriches and inspires the contemporary Jewish community by convening the resources of the University. It does so by infusing the student body with the spirit of leadership and a sense of Klal Yisrael. The CJF serves to build, cultivate and support communities, rabbinic and lay leaders, and individuals. Furthermore, it is creating a global movement that promotes the values of the University.

    Rabbi Brander is rabbi emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, founding dean of the Boca Raton Community Kollel and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach counties. During his 14 years of service to that community, he oversaw its explosive growth from 60 families to some 600 families.

    A 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College, Rabbi Brander received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 1986. At RIETS, he had the distinction of serving as personal aide to the esteemed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He also received special ordination from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, and from former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of medical ethics. He is currently a PhD candidate in general philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.

    Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, MA

     Rabbi Zevulun Charlop 

    Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, MA

    Dean Emeritus and Special Advisor on Yeshiva Affairs
    212.960.5344 | charlop@yu.edu 

    Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and special advisor on Yeshiva affairs, is an authority on Torah and Talmud and a lecturer in American history. He has authored numerous scholarly essays, including ''The Making of Orthodox Rabbis'' in Encyclopedia Judaica and ''G-d in History and Halakha from the Perspective of American History.''

    A spiritual leader of Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, NY, Rabbi Charlop has served as president of the American Committee for the United Charities in Israel, the General Israel Orphans Home for Girls in Jerusalem and the National Council of Young Israel Rabbis.

    In May 2008, Rabbi Charlop received the University's Presidential Medallion in recognition of his stewardship of RIETS. Under his distinguished leadership of more than 35 years, the seminary experienced enormous growth, graduating thousands of rabbis, educators and Jewish scholars.

    Rabbi Charlop serves as one of RIETS' masmichim [those who administer ordination exams] and maintains his special relationship with the Kollelei Elyon. He is editor of three novellae on Torah and Talmud by his late father, the noted Rabbi Jechiel Michael Charlop.

    Herbert Dobrinsky, EdD

    Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky 

    Herbert Dobrinsky, EdD

    Vice President for University Affairs
    212.960.0850 | dobrinsk@yu.edu 

    Born in Montreal, Rabbi Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky came to New York City in 1948 to attend the third year of high school at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy. He graduated from Yeshiva College in 1954 and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in 1957. Dr. Dobrinsky also holds a master's degree and a doctoral degree in education from the University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

    Following five years as a rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Dobrinsky joined Yeshiva University in 1962 as associate director of the Community Service Division at RIETS. He was named vice president for university affairs in 1981, following 19 years of service to the institution in numerous positions, including director of rabbinic placement for nine years.

    Dr. Dobrinsky's outstanding achievements as a scholar, educator, administrator and communal leader include being co-founder with the late Haham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Gaon of the Sephardic Studies Program and the Sephardic Community Activities Program at the University, aimed at preserving the rich Sephardic Jewish heritage of North America. He was also co-founder of the American Society of Sephardic Studies and served as vice president of programming for the society. He is the author of A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs. He also helped establish the University's Holocaust Studies Program and has been honored several times within the University and RIETS.

    During his years of service to the University, Dr. Dobrinsky has traveled and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, England and Israel. He has visited more than 100 communities to gain firsthand insight into their needs. He also directed the initial stages of the University's $100-million Century Campaign.


    Daniel Gordon, MBA


    Daniel Gordon, MBA

    Chief of Staff
    646.592.4303 | dgordon@yu.edu

    Daniel Gordon is Chief of Staff to the President and is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support to President Joel and his senior staff for University initiatives as well as day-to-day operations.  Daniel also manages the staff of the Office of the President and represents the President at meetings, as needed. In addition, Daniel works closely with Senior Vice President Josh Joseph on the university’s strategic planning and restructuring efforts.

    Daniel has spent his career at Yeshiva University where he began as the Toni and Irving Rosen Presidential Fellow in the Office of the President and eventually managed President Joel’s communications efforts. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President.

    Daniel earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yeshiva University and his M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and strategy.

    Jacob Harman, CPA


    Jacob Harman, CPA

    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    646.592.4005 | jharman@yu.edu

    Jacob “Jake” Harman is Yeshiva University's Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Harman leads the University's finance functions and plays an integral role in developing and implementing financial and operational plans to support and meet the strategic goals set by the University. He serves on the executive cabinet and works closely with Senior Vice President Josh Joseph on numerous strategic initiatives.

    Prior to joining YU, Harman spent his career at KPMG where he most recently served as a senior audit partner in the firm's Office of the General Counsel. Previously, he was a partner in several areas of KPMG's activities, including its Assurance, Forensic, and Mergers and Acquisition Practices. Harman is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science with a concentration in accounting from Brooklyn College. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodsburgh, New York.

    Andrew J. Lauer, Esq., JD, LLM

     Andrew Lauer

    Andrew J. Lauer, Esq., JD, LLM

    Vice President for Legal Affairs, Secretary and General Counsel
    212.960.0051 | andrewlauer@yu.edu

    Andrew ''Avi'' Lauer serves as Yeshiva University's vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel. In this capacity, he is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Yeshiva University and its affiliates within the United States and abroad.

    Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva University, Lauer was a partner at the international law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP, where he maintained a large and diverse practice while also serving as an active member of Thelen's labor and employment law department. Lauer served as relationship partner to numerous clients in relation to various areas of legal specialty, including corporate, real estate, litigation, technology, outsourcing, bankruptcy, patent and trademark, and he often functioned as outside general counsel to many companies. He also established and maintained an extensive Israel practice at Thelen and worked with many Israeli-owned and/or -affiliated companies and regularly traveled to Israel to meet with his Israeli clients and contacts.

    Lauer also has prior professional experience as senior employment counsel in the Office of General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC Consulting), where he was responsible for all employment-law-related matters affecting the firm and its more than 30,000 employees. In addition, he was responsible for all in-house employment-law- related matters pertaining to the planned IPO and the ultimate sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Before joining PwC, he served as assistant general counsel of Deloitte & Touche USA, where he was employment counsel to both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting L.P.

    Lauer was also an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY, where he conducted numerous trials and investigations and was assigned to several bureaus, including the elite Trial Cadre unit of the Homicide Bureau.

    Involved in numerous community causes, Lauer serves and/or has served on the Executive Board of several charitable organizations in the New York area. He is a former president of the Young Israel of Woodmere, former chairman of the Board of Trustees and honorary past-president of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, and a member of the Audit Committee and Long Island Board of Ohel Family and Children's Services. He also served as pro bono counsel to several organizations and not-for-profits, including the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

    Lauer has published numerous articles and conducted training and seminars in various areas of the law throughout the United States and abroad.

    Seth Moskowitz, MA


    Seth Moskowitz, MA

    Vice President for Institutional Advancement
    212.960.0863 | Seth.Moskowitz@yu.edu

    Seth Moskowitz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Yeshiva University, leads YU’s ambitious efforts to provide the financial resources needed to ensure the excellence of Yeshiva and its schools, now and in the future. Seth also plays a major role in Yeshiva’s advancement as a member of the university’s senior management team. Previously, Seth served as Senior Vice President for Campaign of the American Technion Society, where he spearheaded a campaign that, during his seven-year tenure, raised over $650 million for the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He draws upon more than 30 years of fundraising and management experience within the Jewish community, having served as executive director of the American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute, a Jerusalem-based policy group, and executive vice president and CEO of American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has also held campaign positions with the Jewish National Fund Nefesh b’Nefesh, and the United Jewish Appeal (JFNA), among other Jewish organizations. Seth is a graduate of Carleton College and holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa. 

    Paul Oestreicher, PhD


    Paul Oestreicher sm

    Paul Oestreicher, PhD

    Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
    212.960.5285 | Paul.Oestreicher@yu.edu

    Paul Oestreicher, Ph.D., is responsible for the University’s public relations and digital communications, issues and brand management, publications, advertising and events. Prior to joining YU, he was an independent consultant specializing in corporate and marketing communications, messaging and positioning, risk/issues/crisis/reputation management, and public relations research. His clients ranged from multi-billion dollar global companies to small venture-backed firms. He was also an Adjunct Professor and adviser at New York University’s M.S. Program in Public Relations & Corporate Communication, where he taught Strategic Communication, Research Process & Methodology, and Communication Ethics, Law & Regulation.


    Dr. Oestreicher started his career as a scientist in the Gastrointestinal Pharmacology group at Wyeth Laboratories. He then went to work for Hoffmann-La Roche as clinical project coordinator in their Clinical R&D department. He later moved to their Public Affairs department where he led scientific and patient public policy and communications, and was a corporate spokesperson. Other positions held include Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Communications at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Healthcare Practice Director at Hill & Knowlton, and Executive Vice President and General Manager at Edelman.


    Dr. Oestreicher earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. He has served on a number of committees and organizations, including the Keystone Center for Science & Public Policy, The Gene Media Forum, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Communications Task Force, and was President of the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation. Dr. Oestreicher’s book, Camelot, Inc.: Leadership and Management Insights from King Arthur and the Round Table, uses quotes from Arthurian legends and current cases to illustrate the dos and don’ts of modern leaders and institutions. He is also an inventor and holds five toy patents.


Yeshiva University
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033

Connect With YU