Joy Goldstein has resigned effective Feb. 10 as president of Gratz College, the college announced Dec. 23 via news release.
Goldstein is leaving Gratz to become associate vice president for planning and research at Jewish Federations of North America, the college said.
“Gratz College holds a special place in my heart,” Goldstein said in the release. “I graduated from the Gratz Hebrew High School as well as the School of Observation and Practice. I like to say that I came to Gratz when I was 8 years old. I am thrilled and honored to have been a part of its history.”
Goldstein came to Gratz in 2008 as a consultant, then was chief operating officer. She was appointed as Gratz’s first female president in 2011. She was the chief planning and funding officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia prior to working at Gratz.
During Goldstein’s tenure, Gratz increased the number of degree-granting programs and diversified its offerings, according to the release. In addition, the college’s permanently restricted endowment grew by more than 50 percent.
And as an early adopter of online education, Gratz became a global resource for Jewish studies, launching a program of professional development for supplementary school teachers across North America.
The college said details regarding the search for a new president will be presented when its Board of Governors finalizes the transition plan.
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