Billy Shapira New Director-General of Hebrew University

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Billy Shapira Billy Shapira New Director-General of Hebrew University

September 17, 2009 - Billy Shapira, director of the Students Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been appointed as the new director-general of the university, President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, university president, announced today.

She will replace, on Oct. 1, Elhanan Hacohen, who has served as director-general for the past five years.

Upon receiving the appointment, Shapira said, “I accept the position with a feeling of heavy responsibility and love for the institution where I have worked for more than three decades. For me this is a great privilege to be a partner in directing the Hebrew University as a leading and fair-employment institution, while pledging my cooperative efforts and deep commitment to work with transparency, fairness and responsibility.''

Ben-Sasson said, “I have chosen Billy Shapira for the position of director-general of the university from among many candidates from within the university and outside of it. I am certain that Billy Shapira is the best choice. She has proven leadership ability. As an employee who has risen on the ladder of university leadership over many years, there is no one better qualified in terms of recognizing the university and its needs, which is especially important during this difficult period for the higher education system.”

Shapira was born in 1953 and has a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and international relations and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Hebrew University. She began her career at the university in 1976 as head of the studies and grades unit in the Students Authority. Over a period of years she progressed within the university to fill varied positions as head of the section for student acceptance and registration, assistant to the rector of the university, and director of the manpower department.

She assumed her latest role as director of the Students Administration following the terrorist attack on the university in 2002, which particularly traumatized that section since two of its senior members were killed in the attack. Under her administration, various improvements and upgrading of the administration have taken place via utilization of Internet and telephone services to make the administration more approachable and user-friendly for both candidates for enrollment and for students.

Shapira, who lives in Motza Illit near Jerusalem, is married and the mother of four children.

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