Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private research university with a liberal arts focus, located in Waltham, Mass. It is the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country; according to Hillel, 50% of the 3,588 undergraduate students are Jewish. Brandeis has four graduate schools, including the Brandeis International Business School.
Before being inaugurated as Brandeis University's eighth president in 2011, Frederick Lawrence served as dean and Robert Kramer research professor of law at George Washington University Law School for five years. Between 1988 and 2005, Lawrence taught at Boston University and was associate dean for academic affairs for three years. Lawrence, who holds a bachelor's from Williams College and a doctorate of law from Yale Law School, is the author of a book about bias-motivated violence in the United States.