Patricia Salkin Named Interim Provost for Graduate and Professional Division at Touro College

Date: July 13, 2015
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New York, N.Y. — Patricia E. Salkin, dean of the Touro Law Center, was appointed the Touro Graduate and Professional Division interim provost, Touro College President, Dr. Alan Kadish announced today. Salkin, who will assume her new role on August 1st, is a nationally renowned scholar, educator and expert in policy and government ethics. An accomplished administrator, she has held numerous leadership appointments within the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools and the American Law Institute. Salkin also serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Education. She will continue to serve as Dean of the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Touro Law Center while the search for a permanent provost continues.

As Interim Provost, Salkin will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the Graduate and Professional Division at Touro and provide leadership, policy formation and guidance for faculty and academic programs. Her office will oversee Touro’s research enterprise and budget planning as well as curriculum development and personnel management for the academic divisions. Salkin will establish a new level of communication and coordination among the deans of all the graduate and professional schools, in an effort to enhance Touro’s work with State Education Department and regional and professional accreditation bodies. She will work with the President and senior leadership team to carry out the college’s academic mission while building and managing the infrastructure and operations needed to organize the provost’s office.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to strengthen Touro’s Graduate and Professional Division and build upon the excellence in academic offerings. Having spent three decades working in education and in state government, I have developed a keen awareness of government and regulatory operations and look forward to strengthening existing relationships to help advance Touro’s mission and goals,” said Salkin.

“By continuing my role at Touro Law Center while building the office of the provost, I will work to create bridges across the entire institution, ensuring our overall success. I look forward to fostering collaboration between all the Touro schools—developing our faculty and bringing them together across disciplines to benefit from the research, scholarship and teaching standpoints. I am extremely enthusiastic about Touro and its mission and delighted to be an integral part of its continued growth,” continued Salkin.

Prior to her appointment as Dean of Touro Law Center in May of 2012, Salkin served at Albany Law School for 22 years during which time she held numerous appointments, including the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, and as both Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center. She previously worked for the state of New York. Salkin earned her BA, cum laude, from University at Albany, and a JD, also cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. Salkin served on the transition teams for attorneys general-elect Eric Schneiderman, Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer.

“Dean Salkin is a proven leader who will bring creativity and a collaborative management style to this office. Her significant experience at the government law center and Touro Law Center will stand her in good stead as she motivates her new team and builds upon our past accomplishments. We at Touro look forward to benefitting from her wide-ranging expertise,” said Dr. Kadish.

Touro College ranks second in the nation among the “best private colleges for Returns On Investment,” according to 2014 PayScale College ROI Report cited in The Wall Street Journal. Touro ranks first in master’s degrees in education earned by African American and Latino students in New York state and eighth in the nation among 5,000 universities for graduate degrees in education awarded to minority students. Close to 100 percent of Touro students achieve a first-time pass rate on national certification exams, especially in the health sciences fields.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions, including 16 undergraduate, 12 graduate and seven professional schools. Touro College has 29 campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: