Press Release — For Immediate Release
June 15, 2020
Michelle Moreh or Nathan Miller
American Jewish University Announces David Groshoff as Dean of Graduate School of Nonprofit Management
Professor and former finance executive brings decades of expertise to leading school that offers unique MBA program rooted in Jewish values and centered on cultivating leaders dedicated to social change.
Los Angeles—American Jewish University (AJU) announced today that professor of business and law and former JP Morgan Investment Management executive David Groshoff will serve as Dean of its Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, which educates and trains working social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders dedicated to creating innovative solutions for today’s most relevant communal challenges. Groshoff will helm a new vision for the school’s programs to meet the needs of an evolving world in which both non-profit and certain for-profit enterprises are increasingly converging to advance social impact and solve major social problems.
The Graduate School of Nonprofit Management is home to a unique MBA program with an approach rooted in Jewish values. The school empowers students to shape their vision to better society through enterprise by collaborating with peers, faculty, mentors, and a dynamic community of professionals. Groshoff will restructure this school, including its MBA program, to reflect state-of-the-art educational practices, equip professionals to navigate the rapidly changing social impact field, and create unmatched opportunities for students pursuing excellence in impactful business and social change.
Groshoff has served as the school’s Interim Dean since 2019 and is a professor of business and law on the AJU faculty. He brings a wealth of scholarly and private sector experience, including serving for over a decade as an executive at JP Morgan Investment Management, where he was a discretionary portfolio manager of several billion dollars of distressed and special situations assets, chief legal officer of a mutual fund, and a board member of several publicly traded companies.
“We are thrilled to have a leader of David Groshoff’s caliber officially join us as Dean of American Jewish University’s Graduate School of Nonprofit Management,” said AJU President Jeffrey Herbst. “In this challenging moment for our world, educating and empowering social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders is more important than ever. I am confident David’s expertise, passion, and vision will take our program to new heights.”
“I am honored that President Jeffrey Herbst has placed his confidence in me to lead AJU’s business school,” said Groshoff. “I look forward to continuing my charge of materially restructuring the school and its offerings. This transformation will enhance our ability to continue recruiting and educating aspiring change-agents—both non-Jewish and Jewish—who seek to lead socially impactful, mission-based organizations, addressing society’s unmet needs.”
American Jewish University (AJU) is a thriving center of Jewish resources and talent that serves the Jewish community of the twenty-first century. A portal for Jewish belonging, AJU equips students, faculty, campers, and learners of all ages with the tools to create the ideas, build the structures, and develop the programs to advance Jewish wisdom and elevate Jewish living. For more information, visit www.aju.edu.
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Michelle Starkman, M.A., MBA
Vice President, Communications
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