Alvin Goldfarb

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Alvin Goldfarb
10th President of Western Illinois University
In office
July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2011
Succeeded byJack Thomas
Personal details
Alma materQueens College (BA)
Hunter College (MA)
City College of New York (PhD)

Alvin "Al" Goldfarb is an American academic administrator who served as the tenth president of Western Illinois University from 2002 to 2011. From 1977 to 2002, he was on the faculty of the department of theatre at Illinois State University in Normal, where he was also chairman of the theatre department, dean of fine arts from 1988 to 1998, and provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1998.[1][2][3][4]


Goldfarb earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Mass Communication from Queens College, City University of New York. He then earned a Master of Arts in Theatre and Cinema from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in theater history from the City College of New York.[5]


In 2006, Goldfarb announced that he was being treated for prostate cancer and that a complete recovery was expected.[2] At the July 2009 meeting of the WIU board of trustees, Goldfarb officially announced his intention to retire on June 30, 2011. It was announced that President Goldfarb would be succeeded as president of the university by Western's

provost and vice president for academic affairs, Jack Thomas, who succeeded him on July 1, 2011.[6]

At Illinois State University, Goldfarb was involved in establishing an internship program with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and constructing new center for the performing arts.[3]

Goldfarb has researched and written extensively on the arts and on the Holocaust, of which his parents are survivors. He co-edited and contributed to the book Holocaust and Performance.[4]

With Rebecca Rovit, he co-edited the book Theatrical performance during the Holocaust: texts, documents, memoirs (Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8018-6167-5).


He has written three widely used university textbooks on theater[4] jointly with Edwin Wilson, a former Broadway theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal.


  1. ^ Rachel Hays, "WIU President Alvin Goldfarb to take office July 1," Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Western Courier, March 27, 2002.
  2. ^ a b "WIU's president says he's being treated for prostate cancer," Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Western Illinois University picks ISU provost as new president," Associated Press State & Local Wire, March 8, 2002.
  4. ^ a b c Randy Gleason, "Goldfarb to be Illinois State provost; role as healer seen," Pantagraph (Bloomington, Il.), May 8, 1998.
  5. ^ "Dr. Alvin Goldfarb". National Jewish Theater Foundation. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
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