JDC chief David Schizer leaving for return to Columbia Law School faculty


(JTA) — The CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will return to the Columbia Law School faculty next year.

David Schizer, 50, has headed the global Jewish relief organization during a three-year leave from Columbia, but will return at the beginning of 2020 to retain his tenured seat on the law faculty, JDC said in a statement issued Monday.

“While we are sad to see David go, we’re incredibly proud of all he has achieved in a short period of time to advance our ability to save Jewish lives and build Jewish life for future generations,” JDC President Stan Rabin said in a statement. “The formula for his remarkable success – combining a business-style approach with his boundless devotion to our mission – was crucial to our ability to solve tough humanitarian challenges, lift lives, and increase supporters and audiences for our vital work. We look forward to building on the remarkable momentum he has ushered in and his continued involvement with JDC thereafter.”

At 35, Schizer became the youngest dean in the history of Columbia Law School and served for 10 years until 2014. The Brooklyn native currently serves on the board of directors of the 92nd Street Y, Yale Hillel and the Ramaz School, among others.

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