Gratz College Appoints New Dean

guzofskyGratz College has announced that Rosalie Guzofsky, of Cheltenham, will become its new dean and vice president for academic affairs starting October 1.

Guzofsky has more than 20 years of managerial experience in higher education administration, as well as a business background and a personal and scholarly interest in Jewish studies. She has worked in private enterprise and earned a certificate in business administration from the Wharton School in an accelerated program for Ph.D. graduates.

Currently, Guzofsky is the interim executive director of the Drexel University Goodwin College of Professional Studies. During her six years at Drexel, she has not only developed and launched many new programs, but has also significantly increased enrollment in existing ones.

Before coming to Drexel, Guzofsky served as the director of professional programs and summer sessions at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of General Studies, where she launched three new professional master’s degree programs.

During the preceding 12 years, Guzofsky worked at Moore College of Art & Design, rising from tutorial coordinator to dean of the Center for Professional Development and Education. During her tenure, she established the continuing education program at Moore. As dean, she was responsible for program development and expansion, marketing, fundraising, budgeting and strategic planning.

Guzofsky has a personal and scholarly interest in Jewish education. Although she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance languages, she specialized in Sephardic folklore and literature. She hopes to expand Gratz’s course offerings to include programs in Sephardic studies. “My personal and professional passions, which have existed very separately in my life, can finally come together,” she said.

While working on her doctoral dissertation, Guzofsky made recordings of Jews from northern Morocco singing centuries-old Sephardic ballads, which had been passed down through generations. She made these recordings not only for academic purposes, but also out of a personal need to safeguard Jewish cultural life. Having lost virtually all of her maternal relatives in the Holocaust, Guzofsky is fervently committed to the preservation of Jewish culture.

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