Yagil Accepts Vice Chancellor Position in Nebraska

| June 19, 2013

Oren Yagil, the special assistant to President Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble, has accepted the position of vice chancellor for academic planning and partnerships with the Nebraska State College System. Yagil’s last day at Webster University will be Aug. 2.

“The signs of Oren Yagil’s leadership and partnership with community organizations are tangible and substantial, ranging from initiatives in public art and a new film series to sustainability, global diversity and inclusion, and systemic collaboration with Webster Groves Schools,” Stroble said. “He will be missed, and we wish him success in his career advancement in higher education.”



Yagil said it was not an easy decision to accept the position, but there were a number of personal and professional factors that drove his decision.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work with President Stroble, Provost Schuster, the leadership team, Webster’s faculty, staff and our wonderful students over the past two years,” Yagil said. “I am excited about this opportunity to serve as the first vice chancellor for academic planning and partnership at the Nebraska State College System offices. It is a great fit for my passion, interests, and experience.

“No small part in this decision is the fact that I can now, after two years, be with my family again. The stars have aligned perfectly for this opportunity,” he added.

While serving as the special assistant to President Stroble, Yagil worked closely with the President, the Provost and the Administrative Council to advance institutional strategic initiatives. He served as chair of the Webster University Art Council, served on the University ACE Internationalization Laboratory Steering committee, chaired two subcommittees on the University’s internationalization efforts, and served on the University’s Sustainability Coalition. He also worked with numerous community groups and worked to improve collaboration between the University and local government agencies.

As the vice chancellor for academic planning and partnerships, Yagil will be responsible for identifying new academic programs, as well as collaborating with local and state organizations to form new partnerships.

Yagil earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2008. He earned his master’s in educational administration from the same university in 2004, and his bachelor’s in geography and environmental sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1999. He completed a post-degree certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Crisis Leadership in Higher Education in March of 2012.

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  1. Lori Diefenbacher says:

    We will miss you, Oren, but what a great opportunity. Thank you for your service to Webster and for the friendly disposition you extended to us all. Best wishes!

  2. Dan Hellinger says:

    Oren, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and to work with you. Every success in your new opportunity.

  3. Francine Case says:

    Oren, I enjoyed corresponding with you for the ACE steering committee and attending the Sustainability conference 2013. You will be missed here at Webster..but, you are very fortunate to have the stars aligned perfectly and most of all to be with your family! Best wishes, Francine

  4. Don Corrigan says:

    Oren, I second Dan Hellinger’s motion. Great working with you. All the best
    on your new position in the state of Warren Buffet. I trust the university will
    find someone to build on your legacy in the Sustainability Conference area.

  5. Rachel Johnes says:

    Oren, your smiling face and friendly disposition will be missed at Webster. Best wishes and am happy for you to be back with your family.

  6. Tamara Minley says:

    Congratulations on your position. You will do an amazing job. You are a wonderful person to work with and I have enjoyed our conversations. You will be missed a great deal.