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Farewell Victoria Eng of International House!


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Victoria Eng worked for International House for four years as the Lead for Communications. Her work involved planning and executing integrated communications that advanced the goals of the institution’s Strategic Plan, with particular success in elevating I-House’s visibility, raising the quality and consistency of its creative expressions, and increasing engagement across the I-House community. She will be starting a new position shortly with an amazing nationwide nonprofit.


Rev. Adriene Thorne Joins Riverside Church

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On Sunday, July 17, the congregation of The Riverside Church in the City of New York voted Rev. Adriene Thorne as the eighth senior minister in the church’s history, and first African American woman to serve in the role. While Rev. Thorne will begin her post on October 1, 2022.

The Reverend Adriene Thorne, leader of The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, has been voted in by the Congregation of Riverside Church as the eighth senior minister in the church’s history. Rev. Thorne is the first African American woman to serve as senior minister. 

“I am grateful to God for the blessed opportunity to bring my gifts to the Riverside Church and to join with the faithful servants there who are tirelessly nurturing God’s fresh vision of the Beloved Community,” said Rev. Thorne.  “In this tumultuous chapter in our nation’s story, I am excited to lead an engaged community of faith that has the grace and fortitude to repair the harm visited upon God’s planet and people.”

“I welcome and celebrate Riverside’s enthusiastic call to the Rev. Adriene Thorne to become its eighth Senior Minister,” said Rev. Michael Livingston, who has served as interim senior minister since 2019.  “Rev. Thorne brings a genuine pastoral presence and prophetic voice to Riverside.  Her creative passion for music, art, and dance deepen her broad experience as she begins this work.  What a wonderful marriage of pastor and people this will be!”

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John Doyle joins International House as VP of Finance

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John Doyle joined International House as Vice President of Finance in May 2022, bringing more than 30 years of experience leading financial and administrative functions for both corporate and not for profit organizations. John has held various financial leadership positions at the Archdiocese of New York, Columbia and St. John’s Universities, Franklin Resources, Edison Schools, and JPMorgan Chase. He holds a doctorate and BA from St. John’s University, an MBA from New York University, and is a graduate of the Harvard University General Management Program. Certified as a CPA, CMA and CFP, John was also an adjunct professor at St. John’s University and NYU, where he taught courses in Financial Management, Personal Financial Planning and Accounting Principles. John and his wife, Merl, are lifelong New Yorkers. They currently reside in Queens and have two sons and a daughter currently attending college.

JTS Appoints Distinguished Spiritual Leader Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen as New Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership

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The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has appointed Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen to serve as the new Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership at JTS. In this role, Rabbi Cohen will lead the institution’s Rabbinical School and H. L. Miller Cantorial School. As a renowned spiritual leader, learned rabbi, and passionate advocate for social justice, Rabbi Cohen brings years of experience and new perspective to the role. Rabbi Cohen will assume her new role on July 1, 2022

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President Beilock to Step Down in 2023

Barnard College President, Sian Leah Beilock will be stepping down in 2023 to take on the presidency of Dartmouth, following six years of leadership at Barnard. The news caps a remarkable period for Barnard in which the number of applicants to the College has grown by 50%, and the endowment that supports their education has grown by more than 40%. Nearly half of Barnard’s students now identify as women of color. During her time as president, Beilock has championed new initiatives in STEM education, mental health and well-being, inclusion and student success, and support for students and alumnae in their lives after graduation. Her leadership has helped the College thrive through a tumultuous time that included the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every day you teach me indelible lessons, through the quality of your inquiry, your teaching, your research, and your scholarship,” Beilock wrote in an email to Barnard students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. “On a more profound level, you have shown me what a community can be and can achieve.”

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