Yeshiva University

Location: New York, NY

Category: Religion or Education

Richard Joel


Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University is a private Modern Orthodox research university with four campuses in New York, as well as affiliated high schools and a theological seminary. Around 6,500 students are enrolled in Y.U.’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Y.U.’s undergraduate curriculum combines science and liberal arts classes with Torah studies, whereas its competitive graduate schools, including the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, are secular.

Richard Joel, who began his term in September 2003, is the fourth president of Yeshiva University. Previously, Joel was the president and international director of the college campus outreach program Hillel for 14 years. He was also associate dean and professor of law at Y.U.’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Joel, who was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., holds a bachelor’s and a doctorate of law from New York University, and served as an assistant district attorney in New York and deputy chief of appeals in the Bronx. In 2014, Joel received a $1.6 million deferred compensation payout.


Institution Total Expenses: $776,963,804

Employees: 6,457

Salary: $855,037

Overpaid by: 20%


Institution Total Expenses: $759,986,702

Employees: 6,509

Salary: $879,821


Institution Total Expenses: $752,220,509

Salary: $848,176


Salary: $853,651


Salary: $750,000

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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