Tulane University leaders receive Maimonides Award

June 11, 2014 11:00 AM

New Wave staff

Tulane University President Scott Cowen and Yvette M. Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development, received the inaugural Maimonides Award from Hillel International on Monday (June 9) at the organization's annual Renaissance Gala in New York City, which this year celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the campus-based movement. 

Sidney Pertnoy, Carol Wise, Yvette M. Jones, Scott Cowen and Eric Fingerhut,

At the Hillel International annual Renaissance Gala are, from left, Sidney Pertnoy, chair of Hillel International’s board of directors; Carol Wise, member and past president of the board of Hillel at Tulane; Yvette Jones; Scott Cowen; and Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International. (Photo by Howard Wechsler)

The new Maimonides Award is presented to a university leader or leaders whose dedication to higher education has promoted a deep commitment to Jewish and secular learning and devotion to the community. With a presence on American college campuses beginning 90 years ago, Hillel International established the award to recognize exceptional university leaders.

“I can think of no finer university leaders to bestow the first Maimonides Award than Tulane University President Scott Cowen and Yvette Jones,” said Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International’s president and CEO. 

“Working together, they have elevated Tulane’s undergraduate applications, student quality, fundraising and research awards to record levels. And, while doing that, they played an instrumental role in helping New Orleans recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.”

The 14th president of Tulane, Cowen was named by TIME magazine as one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents. The author of five books, his most recent book, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America was published on June 10.

Jones has served in her current position since 2009. She is responsible for garnering financial support of the university from all philanthropic sources, coordinating and managing the university’s relationship with government agencies, and for developing a cohesive communications, marketing and branding strategy for the university. As the university’s chief advancement officer, Jones is leading the university’s efforts to plan and execute a $1 billion-plus campaign in support of the university’s long-term future. 

Hillel is a global organization with operations on five continents that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

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