Los Angeles, CA, November 07, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- American Jewish University (AJU) is pleased to announce Mrs. Virginia A. Maas has been appointed Chairperson of the AJU Board of Trustees.
An active and dedicated AJU board member since 1986, Mrs. Maas has previously served American Jewish University as the Past Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Member of the Budget and Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Graduate Center for Jewish Education Advisory Board, Chair of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education Advisory Board and Past Chair of the Patrons Society.
“Virginia brings to the position of AJU board chair more than 40 years of leadership experience both within the Jewish community and beyond,” said AJU President, Dr. Robert Wexler. “We could not ask for a better leader for our board of directors as AJU celebrates its 70th anniversary.”
Mrs. Maas is well-known and valued leader in the wider Los Angeles Jewish community, serving on numerous nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities. In addition to her role on the AJU Board, she is also a longtime board member of the Jewish Federation Council (1986-present), Friends of Beverly Hills Library, and Beit T’Shuvah (1998-present). She is also the current Secretary and Board Member for the Jewish Community Center Development Corp. of Los Angeles (2002-present). Previously Mrs. Maas has served the community as President and Board Member for the Beverly Hills Board of Education, Board Member, Jewish Community Centers Association National Board, Past President, Metropolitan Region of the Jewish Federation Council, Past President, Westside Jewish Community Center, Past President, Jewish Community Center of Greater Los Angeles and Former Co-Chair, Hispanic/Jewish Dialogue of the Jewish Federation Council.
Virginia A. Maas holds both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in English Literature from UCLA. She is married to Francis S. Maas and they enjoy their children (Monique & Bradley Gibbons and Michael & Theresa Maas) as well as their two grandchildren Barry and Emilie. Active members of Hillcrest Country Club since 2008, Mrs. Maas has served as Chair, Women’s Golf Auxiliary Board, Co-Captain, Hillcrest Women’s Golf Team, and Tournament Chair, Women’s Golf Auxiliary Board.
Regarding her AJU appointment, Mrs. Maas said, “I am so pleased to be appointed Chair of the AJU Board of Trustees. AJU’s focus on scholarship, culture, ethics, leadership, and peoplehood are very much in line with my own personal values which have inspired my work in our community for over four decades. As a longtime member of the AJU board, I look forward to continuing to serve the university community in this new leadership capacity as we move forward one of the largest and most innovative Jewish institutions in the country.”
Virginia A. Maas has been appointed to a two year term and succeeds immediate past chair, Mr. Kevin Ratner, whose term ended in June 2016.