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An Independent Advisory Panel, comprised of four experts unaffiliated with the University, is responsible for engaging with the campus community and providing advice to the Special Committee in developing recommendations to build a stronger institutional framework.

Eric D. Fingerhut

Eric D. Fingerhut is the President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Prior to his appointment at JFNA, Mr. Fingerhut served as the President and CEO of Hillel International from 2013-19. He has had a varied and distinguished career in public service and higher education. His emphasis on recruiting, training and retaining top talent, and on building a data and performance driven organization, have become models for the non-profit sector.

Karol Mason
Karol Mason is president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, since August 2017. From 2013 to January 2017, she was a US Assistant Attorney General, leading the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. A leader in the Obama administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform, and re-entry from prison, Mason’s efforts also included overseeing the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a scholar and award-winning thought leader in strategic diversity leadership and organizational change. One of the architects of the Inclusive Excellence concept in American higher education, he is the author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and The Chief Diversity Officer, and previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Education Officer for all Boys & Girls Clubs globally. He has worked with over 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies as a strategist, speaker, educator, and thought leader.

Frank H. Wu

Frank H. Wu is the William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California Hastings. Prior to this, he was Chancellor and Dean of the school. Throughout his career, he has taught at Howard, Michigan, Columbia, and Stanford. He also was Dean of Wayne State Law School in his hometown of Detroit. He has served as both Chair and President of the Committee of 100, a non-profit membership organization working on promoting good relations between the US and China and the participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of public life.