It Is Time to Fire Richard Joel

What in the world is the matter with YU. They issued a report with no content about its history of abuse, blaming it all on their lawyers. Penn State consulted with lawyers and issued a report detailing many damning and embarrassing details about their handling of abuse by Jerry Sandusky. But of course, Penn State also fired football coach Joe Paterno and their president. They were determined to put the scandal behind them by addressing it  head on and by entering into serious negotiations to settle claims by individual victims of Sandusky.

But then Penn State has an independent board of trustees. YU should also settle and fire President Richard Joel, but it seems he controls the board. So he produced his absurd report which was all about how they are now better and padded it with their texts of their policies.

Now we know that still haven’t gotten it together. They hired Akiva Roth as an instructor of Hebrew for their Yeshiva College undergraduates in spite of his history of serious sex abuse violations. News of the hire came out yesterday. A competent organization wouldn’t have made the mistake. A competent organization, if it did goof, would have gotten ahead of the news cycle and announced his resignation by now.

At this point, Richard Joel should be fired because it is clear he is not running a competent organization.

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4 thoughts on “It Is Time to Fire Richard Joel

  1. Well, so much for YU’s great anti-abuse policies. True, Roth’s conviction is more than a decade old, but Roth was 26 and supposedly an adult at the time of his guilty plea and conviction. The sentencing judge’s observations, as reported in the Forward, certainly should have raised warning flags: Roth showed a “lack of appreciation for the wrongfulness of his conduct,” he “continues to blame the victims for the trouble he is in,” he “does not even see his conduct as sexual in nature, which it clearly is,” he blamed the boys for “enticing him into this behavior,” he “has very little empathy for his victims and an unawareness of the harm done to them by his actions,” and “in short, at this time, he doesn’t get it.” http://forward.com/articles/185200/yeshiva-u-hires-lecturer-with-criminal-record-of-s/?p=all Roth may well be a changed man and harmless. But given the current mess YU is in, what could they have been thinking?

    • They probably weren’t thinking. Thinking about abuse is reserved for their lawyers preparing their policy manual which was used for PR but apparently not passed on to their HR department.

      Apparently YU is a poorly run organization. And according to the Moody’s bond rating they also have trouble completing their audits on time.

  2. I AM AWAITING YOUR COMMENTS ON THE MAFIA RABBI EPSTEIN AND THE GUN-TOTING ROSH YESHIVA WOLMARK I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT BELSKY WORKED WITH THEM ON THE KIDNAPPING OF AVROHOM RUBIN SEVERAL YEARS AGO

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