Ronald D. Liebowitz

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Ronald David Liebowitz
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9th President of Brandeis University
Assumed office
July 1, 2016
Preceded by Frederick M. Lawrence
16th President of Middlebury College
In office
July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2015
Preceded by John McCardell, Jr.
Succeeded by Laurie L. Patton
Personal details
Born (1957-04-26) April 26, 1957 (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Middlebury, Vermont, U.S.
Alma mater Bucknell University
Columbia University
Profession Professor and College Administrator

Ronald D. Liebowitz (born April 26, 1957)[2] is the ninth President of Brandeis University succeeding Frederick M. Lawrence. Formerly Middlebury College's 16th President, and a professor of geography, succeeding John McCardell, Jr. on July 1, 2004.[3] On December 17, 2015, it was announced that Liebowitz would become the ninth president of Brandeis University.

Liebowitz had previously served as provost and Dean of the Faculty. An expert in Russian economic and political geography, he began teaching at Middlebury in 1984.[4] His first Middlebury experience was as a Language School student in 1980 and 1981.

A native of Brooklyn, Liebowitz received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in 1979 and completed his postgraduate work at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in geography in 1985. Liebowitz and his wife, Jessica, have three young children.


Liebowitz was Middlebury's third faculty member to become president, following McCardell and 19th century alumnus Ezra Brainerd. In his first year, he shaped the agreement that brought the Monterey Institute of International Studies under affiliation with Middlebury, and began a comprehensive strategic planning process. Liebowitz kicked off The Middlebury Initiative in October 2007; the largest capital campaign ever by a liberal arts college, the Initiative will raise $500 million to support the strategic plan's primary goals of financial aid and additional faculty.

In 2009 Time Magazine named him one of the 10 best college presidents.[5]

On December 12, 2013, Liebowitz announced that he would step down as president of the college effective June 30, 2015. He served at Middlebury College for over 11 years.[6]

On December 17, 2015, Liebowitz announced that he would begin serving in a leadership role at Brandeis University effective July 1, 2016.


Preceded by
John McCardell, Jr.
President of Middlebury College
Succeeded by
Laurie L. Patton