President Stuart Rabinowitz has notified the Hofstra University Board of Trustees that he will be retiring from the Presidency of Hofstra at the conclusion of his term on August 31, 2021. The Board of Trustees has reluctantly accepted his decision to retire and will immediately begin planning the process for selecting a successor.
President Rabinowitz stated: “By the date of my retirement, I will have had the honor and privilege of serving our wonderful University for 50 years: 19 years as a member of the law school faculty, 11 years as its Dean and 20 years as its President. In every position I have held, I have devoted all of my professional energies towards helping the University and its students reach their full potential. My tenure as President has been especially meaningful to me as I have done all I could to help the University achieve deserved international recognition as an educational institution of the highest quality in all respects. I believe that my administration, with the generosity and unwavering support of the Board of Trustees, has made significant progress towards that goal even during very difficult times for all of private higher education. While I will be very sad to leave the University, I am confident that we have developed, and will continue to develop, the new programs, facilities and financial strength needed to allow Hofstra to flourish in the future.”
Donald Schaeffer, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “What President Rabinowitz has done for Hofstra in all of his roles culminating with the Presidency is extraordinary and has significantly contributed to the preeminence that Hofstra has achieved, in particular over the past 20 years during his presidency. President Rabinowitz has built an incredibly strong foundation from which the University will continue to grow and excel.”
President Rabinowitz assured the Board that he will continue to devote his full energy and attention to the Presidency during his remaining tenure, and he will assist the Board in ensuring the smoothest of transitions. Chair Schaeffer noted that the Board of Trustees will promptly develop a plan for a Presidential search, and the Board will seek input from the entire community to ensure that Hofstra selects a new President of the highest caliber.