NY State Senator Simcha Felder to Join Faculty of Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences

Date: October 19, 2015
New York State Senator Simcha Felder (left) and Dr. Robert Goldschmidt, executive dean of the Lander College of Arts & Sciences, and Touro’s vice president for planning and assessment
New York State Senator Simcha Felder (left) and Dr. Robert Goldschmidt, executive dean of the Lander College of Arts & Sciences, and Touro’s vice president for planning and assessment
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New York, N.Y. – New York State Senator Simcha Felder will join the faculty of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences (LAS) in Flatbush, a division of Touro College,  as an assistant professor of management. Felder will also serve as an assistant dean of recruitment, the College announced today. 

“Senator Felder truly embodies the values and mission of Touro in perpetuating the Jewish heritage while serving and supporting diverse communities. We are thrilled that he will be assuming this new role and greatly look forward to his joining Touro,” says Dr. Alan Kadish, Touro President.

“I’m excited to take on this position. Touro was my stepping stone to career success and I look forward to reaching out to potential new students whose pathway to professional advancement in a multitude of fields will begin at Touro,” said Felder.

The Brooklyn native will teach several courses during the fall and summer semesters in the field of management; in his capacity as assistant dean of recruitment he will work to foster enrollment at LAS.

“I am confident that Simcha Felder, an alumnus of the Touro LAS Flatbush class of 1980, and a distinguished public servant, will be a major asset to our campus in Brooklyn as we seek to grow further. I know he will be an excellent role model to students enrolled in his courses,” said Dr. Robert Goldschmidt, executive dean of LAS and Touro’s vice president for planning and assessment.

Before entering politics, Felder was a tireless community leader and volunteer for local civic organizations, working to register voters across Brooklyn. He was elected to the New York City Council in 2002, building a reputation as a dedicated and committed advocate who brought concrete results to his constituents. During his time on the Council, he served as chair of the Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, Landmarks and Government Operations Committees. He also served as New York City Deputy Controller for Accounting and Budgeting.

Felder was elected to the New York State Senate in 2012 to represent the 17th Senatorial District encompassing the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison and Bensonhurst. He chairs Cities Committee and New York City Education Sub-Committee.  He has been a tireless advocate for aid for nonpublic school education.  Felder is a certified public accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in management from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY’s Baruch College. Felder lives with his wife and children just blocks from the house in which he was born and raised.

“We are enormously pleased that Senator Felder has agreed to rejoin our faculty,” said Dr. Stanley L. Boylan, Touro’s vice president of undergraduate education and dean of faculties.

Senator Felder has served and continues to serve his constituency with distinction and he has made a real difference in the Jewish community.”

A division of Touro College, the Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush, with separate divisions for men and women, is located at Avenue J and East 16th Street in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. More than 1,000 students are enrolled each semester at the campus. Encompassing more than 90,000 square feet, the campus was inaugurated in the spring of 1995. In September 1997, the New York State Education Department officially designated this site as The Flatbush Branch Campus of Touro College.

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 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch 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: http://www.touro.edu/media/.