Conference of Presidents Action, Winter, 2013

On December 4, 2013 the American Studies Association passed a resolution for an academic boycott of Israel. Conference of Presidents and over 165 universities and associations have responded with a resounding rejection of the boycott and the global BDS and delegitimization campaigns against Israel.

In response to the December 4, 2013 American Studies Association (ASA) Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israel and Council Statement on the Academic Boycott of Israel, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders, Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, urged the 85 Presidents, Chancellors, and Department Chairs of the institutional members of the ASA to publicly reject this academic boycott and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Below are links to the Conference of Presidents’ public statements as well as running lists of universities that have responded in the days and weeks following this clarion call to action.

We offer special thanks to Avi Mayer, of the Jewish Agency for Israel, William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection and our colleagues across the country for their diligence and hard work on this issue.

Contact Alexandra at if you have additional statements or related information regarding responses to the ASA Academic Boycott of Israel. 

December 23, 2013
December 24, 2013
December 26, 2013
January 2, 2014
(TOTAL: 6; updated January 9, 2014, 7:00PM EST)
  1. Bard College
  2. Brandeis University
  3. Indiana University
  4. Kenyon College
  5. Penn State Harrisburg
  6. University of Texas-Dallas
(TOTAL: 11; updated January 9, 2014, 7:00PM EST)
  1. Brown University
  2. Carnegie-Mellon University
  3. Hamilton College
  4. Northwestern University
  5. Temple University
  6. Trinity College (CT)
  7. Tufts University
  8. University of Alabama
  9. University of Mississippi
  10. University of Southern California
  11. Willamette University
(TOTAL: 5; updated January 9, 2014, 7:00PM EST)
  1. American Association of University Professors
  2. Association of American Universities
  3. American Council on Education
  4. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  5. American Psychiatric Association
(TOTAL: 214; updated January 21, 2014, 5:00PM EST)
Northeast – New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
  1. Fairfield University (President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.) Fairfield, CT
  2. Trinity College (President James F. Jones, Jr.) Hartford, CT
  3. University of Connecticut (President Susan Herbst) Storrs, CT
  4. University of Hartford (President Walter Harrison) West Hartford, CT
  5. Wesleyan University (President Michael S. Roth) Middletown, CT
  6. Yale University (President Peter Salovey) New Haven, CT
  7. Connecticut College (President Katherine Bergeron) New London, CT
  8. Clark University (President David P. Angel) Worcester, MA
  9. College of the Holy Cross (President Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.) Worcester, MA
  10. Wellesley College (President H. Kim Bottomly) Wellesley, MA
  11. University of Massachusetts Amherst (Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy) Amherst, MA
  12. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (Chancellor Divina Grossman) North Dartmouth, MA
  13. Tufts University (President Anthony P. Monaco) Medford, MA
  14. Smith College (President Kathleen McCartney) Northampton, MA
  15. Northeastern University (President Joseph E. Aoun) Boston, MA
  16. Harvard University (President Drew Gilpin Faust) Cambridge, MA
  17. Brandeis University (President Frederick M. Lawrence) Waltham, MA
  18. Boston University (President Robert A. Brown) Boston, MA
  19. Amherst College (President Carolyn A. Martin) Amherst, MA
  20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (President L. Rafael Reif) Cambridge, MA
  21. Bowdoin College (President Barry Mills) Brunswick, ME
  22. Colby College (President William D. Adams) Waterville, ME
  23. Dartmouth College (President Philip J. Hanlon) Hanover, NH
  24. Roger Williams College (President Donald J. Farish) Bristol, RI
  25. Rhode Island College (President Nancy Carriuolo) Providence, RI
  26. Brown University (President Christina Hull Paxton) Providence, RI
  27. Middlebury College (President Ron Liebowitz) Middlebury, VT
  28. University of Vermont (President Tom Sullivan) Burlington, VT
  29. Williams College (President Adam Falk) Williamstown, MA
  30. Bates College (President Clayton Spencer) Lewiston, ME
  31. University of New Hampshire (President Mark W. Huddleston) Durham, NH
  32. University of Rhode Island (President David M. Dooley) Kingston, RI
Northeast – Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
  1. Stockton College (President Herman Saatkamp) Galloway, NJ
  2. Rutgers University (President Robert Barchi) New Brunswick, NJ
  3. Rider University (President Mordechai Rozanski) Lawrence Township, NJ
  4. Ramapo College (President Peter Philip Mercer) Mahwah, NJ
  5. New Jersey Institute of Technology (President Joel Bloom) Newark, NJ
  6. Montclair State University (President Susan A. Cole) Montclair, NJ
  7. Fairleigh Dickinson University (President Sheldon Drucker) Hackensack, NJ
  8. Princeton University (President Christopher L. Eisgruber) Princeton, NJ
  9. University of Rochester (President Joel Seligman) Rochester, NY
  10. Sarah Lawrence College (President Karen Lawrence) Bronxville, NY
  11. Skidmore College (President Philip Glotzbach) Saratoga Springs, NY
  12. St. Lawrence University (President William Fox) Canton, NY
  13. State University of New York (Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher) Albany, NY
  14. Syracuse University (Interim Chancellor Eric F. Spina) Syracuse, NY
  15. Yeshiva University (President Richard M. Joel) New York, NY
  16. Union College (President Stephen Ainlay) Schenectady, NY
  17. Vassar College (President Catharine Hill) Poughkeepsie, NY
  18. Rockefeller University (President Marc Tessier-Lavigne) New York, NY
  19. Cornell University (President David Skorton) Ithaca, NY
  20. Touro College and University System (President Alan Kadish) New York, NY
  21. City University of New York (Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly) New York, NY
  22. New York University (President John Sexton) New York, NY
  23. Hamilton College (President Joan Hinde Stewart) Clinton, NY
  24. Brooklyn College, CUNY (President Karen Gould) Brooklyn, NY
  25. Colgate University (President Jeffrey Herbst) Hamilton, NY
  26. Columbia University (President Lee C. Bollinger) New York, NY
  27. Fordham University (President Joseph M. McShane, S.J.) Bronx, NY
  28. Bard College (President Leon Botstein) Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  29. Hobart and William Smith Colleges (President Mark Gearan) Geneva, NY
  30. Hunter College (President Jennifer J. Raab) New York, NY
  31. New York Medical College (Chancellor Edward C. Halperin) Valhalla, NY
  32. Barnard College (President Debora Spar) New York, NY
  33. University of Pittsburgh (Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg) Pittsburgh, PA
  34. Gettysburg College (President Janet Morgan Riggs) Gettysburg, PA
  35. University of Pennsylvania (President Amy Gutmann) Philadelphia, PA
  36. Temple University (President Neil D. Theobald) Philadelphia, PA
  37. Swarthmore College (President Rebecca Chopp) Swarthmore, PA
  38. Pennsylvania State University (President Rodney Erickson) University Park, PA
  39. Lehigh University (President Alice P. Gast) Bethlehem, PA
  40. Lafayette College (President Alison Byerly) Easton, PA
  41. Franklin & Marshall College (President Daniel R. Porterfield) Lancaster, PA
  42. Drexel University (President John A. Fry) Philadelphia, PA
  43. Dickinson College (President Nancy Roseman) Carlisle, PA
  44. Carnegie Mellon University (President Subra Suresh) Pittsburgh, PA
  45. Bryn Mawr College (Interim President Kim Cassidy) Bryn Mawr, PA
  46. Gratz College (President Joy W. Goldstein) Melrose Park, PA
  47. Haverford College (President Daniel Weiss) Haverford, PA
  48. College of New Jersey (President R. Barbara Gitenstein) Ewing Township, NJ
  49. Kean University of New Jersey (President Dawood Farahi) Union, NJ
  50. New Jersey City University (President Susan Henderson) Jersey City, NJ
  51. Rowan University of New Jersey (Ali Houshmand) Glassboro, NJ
  52. Seton Hall University (President A. Gabriel Esteban) South Orange Village, NJ
  53. Thomas Edison State College (President George A. Pruitt) Trenton, NJ
  54. William Paterson University (President Kathleen Waldron) Wayne, NJ
  55. College of Staten Island (President William J. Fritz) New York, NY
  56. Hofstra University (President Stuart Rabinowitz) Hempstead, NY
  57. Ithaca College (President Thomas Rochon) Ithaca, NY
  58. State University of New York at Buffalo (President Satish K. Tripathi) Buffalo, NY
Midwest – East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
  1. Northeastern Illinois University (President Sharon Hahs) Chicago, IL
  2. University of Illinois System (President Robert A. Easter) Urbana, IL
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chancellor Phyllis Wise) Urbana, IL
  4. University of Illinois at Springfield (Chancellor Susan J. Koch) Springfield, IL
  5. University of Illinois at Chicago (Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares) Chicago, IL
  6. Northwestern University (President Morton O. Schapiro) Evanston, IL
  7. University of Chicago (President Robert J. Zimmer) Chicago, IL
  8. University of Notre Dame (President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.) Notre Dame, IN
  9. Purdue University (President Mitch Daniels) West Lafayette, IN
  10. Indiana University (President Michael McRobbie) Bloomington, IN
  11. Michigan State University (President Lou Anna K. Simon) Lansing, MI
  12. University of Michigan (President Mary Sue Coleman) Ann Arbor, MI
  13. Wayne State University (President M. Roy Wilson) Detroit, MI
  14. University of Cincinnati (President Santa J. Ono) Cincinnati, OH
  15. Case Western Reserve University (President Barbara R. Snyder) Cleveland, OH
  16. Cleveland State University (President Ronald M. Berkman) Cleveland, OH
  17. Kenyon College (President Sean M. Decatur) Gambier, OH
  18. Oberlin College (President Marvin Krislov) Oberlin, OH
  19. Ohio State University (President Joseph A. Alutto) Columbus, OH
  20. Lawrence University (President Mark Burstein) Appleton, WI
  21. DePaul University (President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.) Chicago, IL
  22. College of Mount St. Joseph (President Tony Aretz) Cincinatti, OH
  23. Miami University (President David C. Hodge) Oxford, OH
  24. Portland State University (President Wim Wiewel) Portland, OH
  25. Wright State University (President David R. Hopkins) Dayton, OH
  26. Xavier University (President Father Michael Graham) Cincinatti, OH
  27. University of Wisconsin - Madison (Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank) Madison, WI
Midwest – West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
  1. Iowa State University (President Steven Leath) Ames, IA
  2. University of Iowa (President Sally Mason) Iowa City, IA
  3. Drake University (President David Maxwell) Des Moines, IA
  4. University of Kansas (Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little) Lawrence, KS
  5. University of Minnesota (President Eric Kaler) Minneapolis, MN
  6. Washington University in St. Louis (Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton) St. Louis, MO
  7. University of Nebraska (President James B. Milliken) Lincoln, NE
  8. Kansas State University (President Kirk Schultz) Manhattan, KS
  9. Missouri University of Science and Technology (Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader) Rolla, MO
  10. University of Missouri - Columbia (Interim Chancellor Steve Owens) Columbia, MO
  11. University of Missouri - Kansas City (Chancellor Leo E. Morton) Kansas City, MO
  12. University of Missouri - St. Louis (Chancellor Thomas F. George) St. Louis, MO
  13. University of Missouri (President Timothy M. Wolfe) Columbia, MO
South – South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
  1. Georgetown University (President John J. DeGioia) Washington, DC
  2. American University (President Cornelius M. Kerwin) Washington, DC
  3. Catholic University of America (President John H. Garvey) Washington, DC
  4. George Washington University (President Steven Knapp) Washington, DC
  5. University of Delaware (President Patrick T. Harker) Newark, DE
  6. University of South Florida (President Judy Genshaft) Tampa, FL
  7. Florida Atlantic University (Interim President Dennis J. Crudele) Boca Raton, FL
  8. Florida International University (President Mark B. Rosenberg) Miami, FL
  9. Nova Southeastern University (President George Hanbury) Fort Lauderdale, FL
  10. University of Florida (President J. Bernard Machen) Gainesville, FL
  11. University of Miami (President Donna E. Shalala) Coral Gables, FL
  12. Emory University (President James Wagner) Atlanta, GA
  13. University System of Georgia (Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby) Atlanta, GA
  14. Goucher College (President Sanford J. Ungar) Towson, MD
  15. Johns Hopkins University (President Ronald Joel Daniels) Baltimore, MD
  16. Loyola University Maryland (President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.) Baltimore, MD
  17. Towson University (President Maravene Loeschke) Towson, MD
  18. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (President Freeman Hrabowski) Baltimore, MD
  19. University of Maryland, College Park (President Wallace D. Loh) College Park, MD
  20. Wake Forest University (President Nathan O. Hatch) Winston-Salem, NC
  21. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chancellor Carol L. Folt) Chapel Hill, NC
  22. Elon University (President Leo M. Lambert) Elon, NC
  23. Duke University (President Richard H. Brodhead) Durham, NC
  24. North Carolina State University (Chancellor Randy Woodson) Raleigh, NC
  25. Clemson University (President Jim Clements) Clemson, SC
  26. College of Charleston (President P. George Benson) Charleston, SC
  27. University of South Carolina (President Harris Pastides) Columbia, SC
  28. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Virginia Tech (President Charles W. Steger) Blacksburg, VA
  29. College of William & Mary (President W. Taylor Reveley III) Williamsburg, VA
  30. George Mason University (President Angel Cabrera) Fairfax, VA
  31. University of Virginia (President Teresa Sullivan) Charlottesville, VA
  32. Eckerd College (President Donald R. Eastman III) Petersburg, FL
  33. Florida State University (President Eric J. Barron) Tallahassee, FL
  34. Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia Tech (President George P. “Bud” Peterson) Atlanta, GA
  35. College of William & Mary (President W. Taylor Reveley III) Williamsburg, VA
  36. Virginia Commonwealth University (President Michael Rao) Richmond, VA
South – East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)
  1. University of Alabama (Chancellor Robert E. Witt) Tuscaloosa, AL
  2. Auburn University (President Jay Gogue) Auburn, AL
  3. Birmingham Southern College (President Charles C. Krulak) Birmingham, AL
  4. University of Mississippi (Chancellor Dan Jones) University Park, MS
  5. Sewanee: The University of the South (President John M. McCardell, Jr.) Sewanee, TN
  6. Vanderbilt University (Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos) Nashville, TN
  7. University of Kentucky (President Eli Capilouto) Lexington, KY
  8. University of Louisville (President Jim Ramsey) Louisville, KY
  9. Western Kentucky University (President Gary Ransdell) Bowling Green, KY
  10. Mississippi State University (President Mark E. Keenum) Mississippi State, MS
South – West South Central (AK, LA, OK, TX)
  1. Tulane University (President Scott S. Cowen) New Orleans, LA
  2. University of Tulsa (President Steadman Upham) Tulsa, OK
  3. University of Texas, Austin (President William C. Powers) Austin, TX
  4. University of the Incarnate Word (President Louis J. Agnese, Jr.) San Antonio, TX
  5. Rice University (President David W. Leebron) Houston, TX
  6. University of Texas at Dallas (President David E. Daniel) Dallas, TX
  7. Louisiana State University System (President and Chancellor F. King Alexander) Baton Rouge, LA
  8. Southern Methodist University (President R. Gerald Turner) Dallas, TX
West – Mountain (AZ, CO, IS, NM, MT, UT, NV, WY)
  1. University of Arizona (President Ann Weaver Hart) Tucson, AZ
  2. Colorado State University (President Anthony A. Frank) Fort Collins, CO
  3. University of Colorado Boulder (Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano) Boulder, CO
  4. University of Denver (Chancellor Robert D. Coombe) Denver, CO
  5. Arizona State University (President Michael Crow) Phoenix, AZ
  6. University of Colorado (President Bruce Benson) Denver, CO
  7. University of New Mexico (President Robert G. Frank) Albuquerque, NM
  8. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (President Neal Smatresk) Las Vegas, NV
West – Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) + Canada
  1. University of California System (President Janet Napolitano) Oakland, CA
  2. University of Southern California (President C. L. Max Nikias) Los Angeles, CA
  3. University of La Verne (President Devorah Lieberman) La Verne, CA
  4. University of California, Santa Cruz (Chancellor George Blumenthal) Santa Cruz, CA
  5. University of California, Santa Barbara (Chancellor Henry Yang) Santa Barbara, CA
  6. University of California, San Francisco (Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann) San Francisco, CA
  7. University of California, San Diego (Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla) San Diego, CA
  8. University of California, Riverside (Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox) Riverside, CA
  9. University of California, Los Angeles (Chancellor Gene Block) Los Angeles, CA
  10. University of California, Irvine (Chancellor Michael V. Drake) Irvine, CA
  11. University of California, Berkeley (Chancellor Nicholas Dirks) Berkeley, CA
  12. Stanford University (President John L. Hennessy) Stanford, CA
  13. Pomona College (President David Oxtoby) Claremont, CA
  14. California State University, Northridge (President Dianne F. Harrison) Northridge, CA
  15. California State University (Chancellor Timothy P. White) Long Beach, CA
  16. University of California, Davis (Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi) Davis, CA
  17. Willamette University (President Stephen Thorsett) Salem, OR
  18. Occidental College (President Jonathan Veitch) Los Angeles, CA
  19. San Francisco State University (President Leslie E. Wong) San Francisco, CA
  20. University of Oregon (President Michael Gottfredson) Eugene, OR
  21. University of Washington (President Michael K. Young) Seattle, WA
  22. University of Western Ontario (President Amit Chakma) London, ON

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