Gary Brandt named new head of Tulane Hillel

Tulane Hillel, which supports a campus community of over 2,500 Jewish undergraduates and 500 graduate students, announced that Gary Brandt will be the new executive director.

He succeeds Ron Gubitz, who has led Tulane Hillel since 2020 and is moving to St. Louis in June.

Brandt joined Tulane Hillel in 2022 as assistant director. He said he is excited about his new role, but “our students are the real leaders here, and we work hard to support them in creating vibrant Jewish life on campus.”

He added, “I’m honored to work with our staff and students, our Board and supporters across the country, and with Tulane University.”

A main focus of collaboration with the university in recent months has been maintaining a positive campus climate for Jewish students. “Our large, dynamic community is a point of pride,” he said. “I am committed to keeping Jewish students safe and engaged, continuing to diversify our outreach, and building bridges across differences.”

Kevin Wilkins, a Tulane Hillel board member who led the search, said “In his time on campus, Gary has impacted the Jewish student experience in countless ways. The Board looks forward to working closely with him as he begins his leadership of our special Tulane Hillel community.”

Wilkins added that Brandt has enjoyed great mentorship from Gubitz, “whose remarkable leadership has made Tulane Hillel one of the best in the system. We are grateful for all Ron has done for Jewish life at Tulane and wish him the best in his next chapter.”

Gubitz said he is grateful for his time at Tulane Hillel. “Helping Jewish students explore their identity in new, creative ways is a privilege. I’m confident that under Gary’s leadership, Tulane Hillel will continue to play an important role in building community and looking out for the best interests of the thousands of students we serve.”

Tulane hosts a wide range of programs, from learning sessions to social events to holiday celebrations. The signature Tulane Jewish Leaders Program brings together a diverse and strategic group of Jewish students to create Jewish programming and leadership opportunities for others, and the model has been replicated on a wide array of campuses nationwide.