June 22, 2006
     
Touro in the News
     

Touro College has had much news to announce during the past nine months, with the opening of new schools, programs, facilities, and addition of new faculty – extending its reach across the country and the world.  Below are some of the announcements we have been pleased to share with the public during the 2005-06 academic year:

  • Touro College received unanimous preliminary approval of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in April to initiate the accreditation process to open the state’s first and only private medical school, to be known as Touro University College of Medicine.   The new school will be the second Jewish-sponsored medical school in the country.  The approval recognizes both the need for more doctors as well as Touro’s successful track record in the health care field.  For details, please see

  • Touro has also been granted pre-accreditation status by the American Osteopathic Association and approvals from the New York State Department of Higher Education and Board of Regents to open Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem.  Additionally, plans are underway to open Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem by fall 2008.

  • A historic agreement was signed with the Province of Rome and the Municipality of Zagarolo to establish a branch campus of Touro College in Italy. Under the terms of the agreement, Touro College is establishing a campus at Palazzo Rospigliosi, a magnificent and historic sixteenth century palace located in Zagarolo, just 20 minutes outside of Rome.  Palazzo Rospigliosi will become home to a leading international center for Jewish and general studies, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.  For details, please see

  • Touro College officially announced the opening of Touro College Los Angeles and the appointment of Dr. Esther Lowy as Dean.  The College accepted its first class of students in September 2005.  Los Angeles is home to approximately 600,000 Jews, and is a major and growing center of Jewish life.  Dean Lowy has taught at Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Cal Polytech-Pomona and UCLA, and has also enjoyed a successful career in business.  The College offers separate divisions for men and women.  Currently the College offers a B.S. in business management and administration and a B.A. in psychology.  For details, please see

  • In September 2006, Touro College South will open in Miami Beach.  Courses leading to baccalaureate degrees in psychology, business management and administration and Judaic studies will be offered.  Additionally, a Graduate College of Education is expected to open to fill an acute need for qualified and credentialed teachers in the South Florida area.  For details, please see

  • Also slated for fall 2006 is the launch by the School of Education and Psychology, Graduate Division, of a two-year, 60-credit master of social work (MSW) program to train clinical social work practitioners.  The program will meet all academic requirements for both social work licenses: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)For details, please see

  • Lander College for Men and Polytechnic University of New York have joined forces to establish a cooperative engineering program whereby students admitted to both may complete a B.S. degree in engineering from Polytechnic after four years of study - typically two years at Lander College and two years at Polytechnic University.  Polytechnic University, rated among the top 10 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States by Princeton Review, is the nation’s second oldest private university of engineering and technology.  For details, please see


  • Faculty News
  • Charles Jay Snow, Ph.D., a well-respected expert in business education, has been appointed to serve as Touro’s Dean of Business Programs with responsibility for programs in the United States and abroad.  In addition, Touro is now offering a master’s in business administration and an Executive MBA.  Dr. Snow was previously Dean of the Sy Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University.  For details, please see

  • Following Dr. Snow’s arrival, it was announced that three distinguished professors would be joining the faculty of Touro’s Graduate School of Business.  They are: Lawrence Bellman, Ph.D., who will be serving as associate professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Institute, which will service both the undergraduate and graduate schools; Dr. Deborah Cohn, who specializes in the marketing of gifts and who will serve as associate professor of marketing; and Dr. Peter Sperling, who has been been hired as associate professor of finance and who will spearhead Touro’s anticipated MBA in finance. For details, please see

  • Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D. was named Dean of the Lander College for Women, a role she had filled since August 2005.  Additionally, Rabbi Tzvi Flaum, was appointed as Mashgiach Ruchani and Professor of Judaic Studies.  In the fall, Lander College for Women will be moving into a new, modern and world-class facility at 60th Street between West End and Amsterdam Avenues.   For details, please see

  • In April, Touro College’s New York School of Career and Applied Studies hosted a Faculty Development Day: “Creativity, Charisma, and Content” for faculty from all divisions.  Workshops were offered on such topics as inquiry-based learning and the traditional classroom; using effective questioning techniques to elicit critical thinking; how to keep students awake in the classroom; and challenging our best students with enriched curriculum.  For details, please see


  • Events
  • Touro College, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and the Law Center’s Institute of Jewish Law organized a highly successful conference that took place on Sunday June 18, 2006 at Lander College for Men, in Flushing, Queens. Entitled “The Political and Social Situation in Israel: A Torah Perspective,” the conference featured presentations by leading scholars and rabbis from Israel and the United States.  For details, please see

  • In March, Touro College’s Office of Career Services sponsored a career fair for students and alumni from all disciplines except law, seeking full-time positions or internships.  A fair for accounting majors was also held.  The fairs were organized by Ron Ansel, who recently joined Touro as Director of Career Services. For details, please see