May 4, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - Dr. Ruth L. Gottesman, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been unanimously elected Chairperson of the medical school's Board of Overseers. Dr. Gottesman is the first faculty member in the school's 52-year-history to be named Chair of the Board. She is also the first woman to hold the office.
Dr. Gottesman will succeed Ira M. Millstein, who has served as Chairperson of the Board for the past three years and will now become Chairperson Emeritus. Mr. Millstein has been a member of the Einstein Board for 30 years, including many years of leadership as Chair of the Executive Committee. The appointments are effective as of September, 2007.
Congratulating Dr. Gottesman on her election as Chair, Richard M. Joel, President of Yeshiva University, noted with great satisfaction the election of a faculty member as Board Chair. "Faculty," President Joel said, "are the heart and soul of an academic institution. In the case of Ruth Gottesman, who has devoted her entire professional life to Einstein, her unanimous election by the Einstein Board is an inspired choice."
Dr. Gottesman joined the Einstein Board of Overseers in 2002, after a distinguished 33-year academic career at the medical school that began in 1968 when she joined Einstein's Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) to develop a program for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She went on to serve as CERC's Director of Psychoeducational Services and later as Director of the Adult Literacy Program. In 1999, she became Founding Director of the Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities, a new division of CERC that was established to provide interdisciplinary services to individuals of all ages with learning disabilities.
Since 2003, Dr. Gottesman has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Overseers where she has had a particular interest in educational programs, and has been a determined advocate for the interests of Einstein students.Her advocacy resulted in the establishment of a Board Student and Educational Affairs Committee, which she chairs.
Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of the medical school, commented: "We are very fortunate that the strong and effective leadership that Ruth Gottesman has demonstrated during her many years on the faculty, and more recently as a member of the Board of Overseers, will now be brought to her new role as Chair of the Board. She is the right person at the right time. I very much look forward to partnering with her to build an even greater Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the years ahead."
"Under Ruth Gottesman's able stewardship, and with the leadership of our dynamic new Dean, Allen Spiegel, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is in wonderful hands as it embarks on an exciting new chapter in its history," said Mr. Millstein.
Dr. Gottesman is a member of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her Ed.D. degree in 1968. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, which named her a "Distinguished Alumna" in 2002. Dr. Gottesman was also designated as a "Distinguished Alumna" by Teachers College in 2004.
She was a founding member of the professional advisory board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities and, for her significant contributions to the field, she has been honored by the International Dyslexia Association and the LD Access Foundation.
As a part of Dr. Gottesman's life-long interest in helping people with learning disabilities, she and her husband, David, Chairman Emeritus of Yeshiva University's Board of Trustees, endowed a professorial chair at Einstein's Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in 2002.
The Gottesmans, who have been married for 56 years, have three married children: Bob (Trudy), Alice (Larry), and Bill (Debra), and seven grandchildren.