Trustees Elect Two New Members

A noted educator and author and a leading Boston businessman and real-estate developer were elected Tuesday to the Hebrew College Board of Trustees.

Sara Lee, former director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Gregory L. Stoller, president of the real-estate holding company Coolidge Plaza LLC, took their place on the board after a vote of the full body last night. Their election brings to 23 the number of Hebrew College trustees.

“These two extraordinarily accomplished individuals — Greg in the business world and academia, and Sara in the field of Jewish education — will be outstanding assets to the college during this critical period of growth and progress,” said Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, the school's president.

Board chair Susan Ain said she looked forward to working alongside the new trustees.

"Greg's advice and strategic thinking and Sara's expertise in preparing rabbis and future Jewish educators will be wonderful additions to our board as we expand our programs and plan for the future," she said. "We are thrilled and deeply grateful they have joined the Hebrew College family."

trustee sara leeAn expert in curriculum, organizational and sociological phenomena, Jewish professional leadership and interreligious education, Lee served as head of the Hirsch School of Education from 1980 to 2007 before stepping down to become adjunct professor emeritus of Jewish education.

She has edited three books, “A Congregation of Learners: Transforming the Synagogue into a Learning Community” (UAHC Press, 1995), “Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional” (Rhea Hirsch School of Education, 1995) and “Communities of Learning: A Vision for the Jewish Future.” She is also the co-author, along with Mary C. Boys, of “Christians and Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other” (Skylight Paths, 2006).

Lee is the recipient of several awards and prizes, including a Distinguished Merit Citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Samuel Rothberg Prize in Jewish Education from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the President’s Award for Jewish Leadership of Jewish Education in the Diaspora from the president of the State of Israel in cooperation with the Education Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel. She holds an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College.

trustee gregory l. stollerStoller, in addition to his position at Coolidge Plaza, is an adjunct lecturer in operations management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. There, he directs the core MBA business planning course and teaches courses in global strategy and management, entrepreneurial finance, and international entrepreneurship.

He previously served as financial planning manager at the dry-cleaning company Zoots and as Latin America market development manager at Shiva Corp., a company that specialized in computer networking and associated equipment. His book “Strategies in Entrepreneurial Finance” was published by Northcoast Publishers in 2006.

Stoller, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, also serves on the board of trustees of Hebrew SeniorLife in Roslindale, Mass. He speaks, reads and writes Japanese, is proficient in French and Mandarin Chinese and speaks basic Spanish, Cantonese Chinese and Korean.

— FEB. 28, 2013