Sachar, Abram Leon, 1899-1993 Edit

Summary

Agent Type
Person

Dates

  • 1899-02-15 – 1993-07-24 (Existence)

Name Forms

  • Sachar, Abram Leon, 1899-1993
  • Sachar, Abram L. , 1899-1993 (President)

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  • Biography/Historical Note

    Abram Leon Sachar was an American historian and founding president of Brandeis University. In 1948 trustees of the newly formed, Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts asked Albert Einstein to be their first president. When he refused, their second choice David Ben-Gurion, who also turned down the offer. Their third choice was Sachar, who had displayed his scholarly credentials and devotion to the Jewish people through previous leadership of the Hillel organization at Illinois University, and through his 1930 work, History of the Jews.During his 20-year tenure, Sachar's leadership and fund-raising skills were largely credited for building Brandeis into a major research institution. When he assumed office in 1948, Brandeis had 107 students and 13 faculty members; at the time of his death, it had 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 360 full-time faculty member