Founder, Touro College
Dr. Bernard Lander
Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College (1970-2010), was a social scientist and educator, a preeminent leader in the Jewish community and a pioneer in Jewish and general higher education. As associate director of former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's Committee on Unity, a precursor to the city's Commission on Human Rights, Dr. Lander promoted key fair employment legislation and attacked discriminatory quotas in higher education. An ordained rabbi, he earned a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.
Dr. Lander's record of achievement in creating and building new educational institutions was unparalleled. In 1950, he served as president of the Queens Jewish Center where, under his leadership, a school building was constructed. Two years later he co-founded Yeshiva Dov Revel, a major day school in Queens. He also served on the founders committee for Bar-Ilan University in the early 1950s. Prior to establishing Touro College in 1971, he served as a professor of sociology for over two decades at City University of New York. He served as dean of Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School from 1954 through 1969 and reorganized Y.U.'s graduate programs into the schools of social work, education and psychology between 1954 and 1959. Today, Touro College/Touro University is a multi-campus, international institution with more than 17,500 students at campus locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Israel, Russia, Germany and France.
Dr. Lander served as a consultant to three United States presidents. He was a consultant to the White House Conference on Children and Youth; served on an advisory council on public assistance established by Congress; and was a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. For eight years he acted as a senior director of a national study on the problems of youth for the University of Notre Dame of South Bend, Indiana. He authored of "Towards an Understanding of Juvenile Delinquency," published by Columbia University Press, and numerous articles in the field of sociology. Dr. Lander also worked as a consultant to the Maryland State Commission on Juvenile Delinquency.
A former Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation of Baltimore, Dr. Lander served over thirty years as a vice president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Alan Kadish
Alan Kadish, M.D. is president and chief executive officer of Touro College and Touro University. As the second president of Touro College, he has overall administrative responsibility for the Touro system, which has grown from a small college of 35 students since it was chartered in 1970, into the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States. The Touro system is currently educating approximately 19,000 students at 32 locations throughout the world, including at Touro University California and Touro University Nevada.
A distinguished scholar, academic and administrator, Dr. Kadish joined Touro in September 2009 as senior provost and chief operating officer from Northwestern University, where he was a prominent cardiologist on the national stage. At Northwestern, he served on the faculty and as an administrator for the previous 19 years. He has worked as a teacher, research scholar and scientist, and clinician. He held numerous senior-level administrative positions at Northwestern, and also at the University of Michigan, where he had various appointments prior to joining Northwestern. A prolific researcher and writer, he has written extensively in his field, authoring over 300 peer-reviewed papers and contributing to several textbooks.
Dr. Kadish considers it an enormous privilege to succeed Dr. Bernard Lander, who was the founding president of Touro College. An observant Jew, he is deeply committed to Touro's mission of serving in innovative ways the educational needs of both the Jewish and secular communities throughout the country and around the globe. Dr. Kadish is dedicated to delivering quality and accessible education to Touro's large and varied student body, and to ensuring that all students enter the workforce prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive economic climate.
Dr. Kadish believes that Touro has become an important school for the study of health sciences, and is employing his experience in medicine to propel Touro's geographically distinct medical programs to leadership roles in American medicine. Currently, Touro operates two colleges of pharmacy, four colleges of medicine, and graduate schools and colleges in health sciences in several states, including California, Nevada and New York.
At Northwestern, Dr. Kadish served as senior associate chief of the cardiology division; the Chester and Deborah Cooley Professor of Medicine; and director of the cardiovascular clinical trials unit. He also served on the finance and investment committees of the Northwestern clinical practice plan. Nationally, he serves as chairman of the Clinical Cardiology Program Committee of the American Heart Association, and has been elected to prestigious scientific research and education societies including the American Association of Professors, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Society of Physicians.
Dr. Kadish received his M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and his postdoctoral medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a fellow in cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology.
He has been the recipient of numerous research grants, including from the National Institutes of Health, where he served extensively on review panels; the National Science Foundation; and other not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Kadish has also mentored many researchers and guided them to become successful independent scientists and teachers.
Dr. Kadish is fully committed to Touro's mission of enhancing Torah values through education throughout the world. He has been involved in Jewish education and communal affairs for many years, serving on the boards of directors of several educational, philanthropic and religious institutions in Chicago. Most recently, he and his wife, Connie, were honored by the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, a Jewish high school located in Chicago recognized as a leading institution in the field of Jewish education.
Dr. Kadish, who was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and educated in yeshivas in New York, is married with four children.