Bernard Fryshman, Executive Vice President of the Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, to Receive 2013 Paley Award for Service to Independent Higher Education

February 01, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1 — Dr. Bernard Fryshman, executive vice president of the Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS) has been selected to receive the 2013 Henry Paley Memorial Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The award will be presented on Feb. 5 by NAICU President David L. Warren during the NAICU annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The awards reception, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the Regency B Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Since 1985, the Paley Award has recognized an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education. The recipient of this award has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States. The Paley Award is named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984.

Since 1973, Fryshman has not only led AARTS, making what happens within its member schools accessible to the outside world, but devoted countless hours in extraordinary service to the broader world of higher education nationally.

For 40 years, he has been a driving force in higher education accreditation. Fryshman served two terms on the predecessor to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, the body that advises the U.S. Department of Education on issues related to higher education accreditation and institutional eligibility for federal student aid programs. He also has served on committees of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

A prolific writer, especially on issues relating to accreditation, Fryshman’s opinion pieces have often appeared in Inside Higher Ed and other publications, and have been an important force in shaping the national higher education policy conversation.

Within NAICU, Fryshman’s service has been long-term and influential, including testifying on behalf of the association before congressional committees, and service on NAICU board committees.

“The passion and commitment Bernie Fryshman has brought to his work has always been about the greater good,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “It is a passion founded on a belief in human dignity, the importance of the mind, and the welfare of students.”

“For his remarkable accomplishments and steadfast commitment as a master craftsman in both the art and the mechanics of higher education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is honored to present its 2013 Henry Paley Memorial Award to Bernie Fryshman,” Warren said.

Born in Montreal, Fryshman came to the United States, and to New York City, to earn his Ph.D. in physics at New York University. In all the decades that followed, he never left the field of physics. The spring 2013 semester will mark 50 uninterrupted years of his teaching the subject – presently at the New York Institute of Technology.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.