New president of the university, starting in Sept. 2023

11 May

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Prof. Boaz Ganor has been appointed president of Reichman University


Prof. Ganor, founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), was unanimously elected by the search committee. His appointment was approved by the university's Board of Directors and General Assembly.



Prof. Boaz Ganor has been appointed president of Reichman University, upon the recommendation of the university’s Board of Directors. After a thorough process conducted by the search committee, which established the criteria for the appointment, published a call and held discussions and consultations, Prof. Boaz Ganor was unanimously recommended to take on the role as president. The search committee was comprised of the chairman of the General Assembly, the chairman of the Board of Directors, a representative of the General Assembly and a representative of the Board of Directors, and two full professors representing the Higher Academic Committee. Prof. Ganor, executive director of Reichman University’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), is expected to replace current President Prof. Rafi Melnick in September 2023. Prof. Ganor has had a long career at Reichman University, holding various positions over the years including dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy.


Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Reichman University, Prof. Uriel Reichman, welcomed Prof. Ganor’s election, saying: “The appointment of Prof. Ganor as the fourth president of Reichman University promises to preserve the values, vision and mission of the university in the complex times in which we find ourselves. Prof. Ganor exhibits the institution's values of freedom and responsibility and pursuit of excellence, both in research and in entrepreneurial and leadership initiatives. I would like to thank Prof. Rafi Melnick for agreeing to serve as president for a period of two years, during which he made a significant impact on the strengthening and development of the university. I am confident that he will continue to contribute to the university in various ways upon the completion of his term at the end of the academic year.”


Reichman University President Prof. Rafi Melnick joined in the congratulations: “This coming September, I will complete two challenging but immensely satisfying years as the university's president. It was a great honor for me to be appointed president upon the termination of the previous president's term, on the occasion of the official recognition of IDC Herzliya as a university. I conclude my term with the sense that I have accomplished a lot, but there is still much to do. I am confident that Prof. Ganor will take the reins from here and fulfill the role with great success.”


Prof. Boaz Ganor thanked the search committee, the Board of Directors, and the General Assembly for their decision: “I would like to thank the search committee, the university board and the General Assembly for granting me the privilege to head this wonderful university. I promise to do everything in my power to preserve and develop Reichman University, which trains the future generation of Israeli leadership.”


Background: Prof. Boaz Ganor


Prof. Boaz Ganor, 61, serves as the executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). He is a full professor and former dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Prof. Ganor holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served as dean of the Lauder School for five years, and as deputy dean for ten.

Prof. Ganor has served as a counter-terrorism consultant to the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Defense, the National Security Council, the Ministry of Transportation, and others. He has published many books and articles in Israel and around the world. His 2005 book The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers is a mandatory textbook used by American universities.