New Facility and New Leadership for Lander College for Women

Date: February 21, 2006
Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D., Dean of Lander College for Women
Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D., Dean of Lander College for Women
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Dr. Bernard Lander, the Founder and President of Touro College, has announced that Lander College for Women will be moving into a new, modern and world-class facility. Located at 60thStreet between West End and Amsterdam Avenues in Manhattan, the new building is currently being constructed. It is anticipated that the move from the school’s current location at 30th Street and Lexington Avenue will be completed in time for the fall 2006 semester. The new facility will provide an ideal setting for the outstanding educational experience provided to students at Lander College for Women.

Dr. Lander and the leadership of Touro College recognize that capital improvements alone are not sufficient to ensure that the students of Lander College for Women receive the quality experience and education that they deserve and that the College is committed to providing.

Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D., has been named Dean of the Lander College for Women, a role she has filled since August 2005. According to Dr. Lander, "Dean Stoltz-Loike was invited to lead Lander College for Women during this exciting and critical time in its development. Her vast experience and impressive skills have already had a profound impact on the College, and we are excited about the dynamic leadership role she will continue to play."

Dean Stoltz-Loike is the beneficiary of an outstanding Judaic and secular education, and she models the ability to achieve in the professional world without any diminution in commitment to Jewish learning and living.

Dean Stoltz-Loike received her Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University following her undergraduate training at Harvard University. She is an internationally known corporate consultant with expertise in cross-cultural communities, generational diversity and aging workforce issues. Her work for a variety of Fortune 100 companies, including GE, Lehman Brothers, American Express and McGraw-Hill, has taken her to London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mexico City and all around the United States. She has been a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences and seminars, including the Conference Board and the Society of Human Resources Managers, and has been quoted in publications including Business Week and Newsday. She has authored two books, Dual Career Couples and Managing a Global Workforce, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Orthodox Union and on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee.

Dean Stoltz-Loike has a broad and compelling vision for the future of the Lander College for Women. She is committed to raising the level of scholarship at the school and to more effectively utilizing the significant talent at the College. The College, under her leadership, will improve its ability to produce graduates who are able to contribute and lead in religious and secular environments and who are able to compete for the most challenging and outstanding educational and professional opportunities. Most importantly, she is committed to producing graduates who have a passion for Jewish life and learning and whose commitments to Jewish values will be deep and uncompromising.

To further guarantee that the new facility is filled with the neshama, the soul that is Lander College for Women’s hallmark and continuing aspiration, Dr. Lander has also announced that the renowned Rav, Rabbi Tzvi Flaum, has been appointed as Mashgiach Ruchani and Professor of Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Flaum has been the Rav of Congregation Kneseth Israel (the "White Shul") in Far Rockaway for more than ten years, and he was previously the Rabbi of the Torah Center of Hillcrest in Queens. Rabbi Flaum received both yoreh yoreh and yadin yadin semichot, and he served asMashgiach Ruchani and Professor of Judaic Studies at Stern College for Women for many years. Rabbi Flaum has developed a reputation as one of our generation’s leading experts in Jewish Medical Ethics, and is a member of the Medical Ethics Commission of the Rabbinical Council of America, and the Boards of Governors of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and the Orthodox Union. He is chairman of the Vaad Harabonim of Far Rockaway and Lawrence, and past president of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

Dean Stoltz-Loike remarks, "The students of Lander College for Women will benefit greatly from Rabbi Flaum’s wisdom and experience. He is a master educator, and he looks forward to advancing the Torah learning and knowledge of his students. He is committed to promoting the primacy of Jewish values, life and learning at the College, and to helping students recognize the critical importance of Torah and Yiras Shamayim to the successful pursuit of secular studies and a professional career." He will also be available as a Posek and Moreh Derech for the students, and intends to play a significant role in helping students find their life mates.

Students, faculty and administration are all excited about the new facility being constructed for Lander College for Women. The premiere academic facility will consist of five floors totaling 48,000 square feet and will include technological enhancements of very superior quality.

The 4,000 square foot library will accommodate a very substantial volume collection as well as extensive computer access to Touro’s leading digital library and online research capabilities. The excellent design of the facility’s chemistry and biology laboratories have already been used by medical schools and schools of health science as a model for the development of their own science laboratories. Each of the seventeen classrooms, and the computer science laboratories, will be developed as smart classrooms incorporating full audio visual capabilities. The entire facility will support wireless internet access as well.

The 4,730 square foot gymnasium will be equipped for basketball, volleyball, and other university level sports, and will be convertible for use to support other events including lectures, large educational seminars, and formal presentations. In addition to the gymnasium, a 1,700 square foot health club facility will provide additional recreation opportunities. Other important spaces will include a cafeteria, an art studio, executive and administrative offices, student lounges, and a 3,800 square foot outdoor terrace which will be available for student events and relaxation.

The new facility, just off Amsterdam Avenue, will be situated in the same Upper West Side community as the Lander College for Women dormitory, a neighborhood consonant with the school’s culture and philosophy. The College will be located two blocks south of Lincoln Center, one block west of the Fordham University School of Law, two blocks north of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and two blocks east of the new parks being developed along the Hudson River.

Lander College for Women, with its new facility and under the direction of Dean Stoltz-Loike and other outstanding faculty and administration, will improve its ability to prepare outstanding young Jewish women for successful careers and lives.