Ethics & Public Policy Center

Hillel Fradkin Becomes Center President

November 11, 2001


The Board of Directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center announced today the appointment of Hillel Fradkin to succeed Elliott Abrams as the Center’s president.

Dr. Fradkin is now a W. H. Brady, Jr., Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Mr. Abrams resigned in June to assume a senior position on the National Security Council at the White House. The Center’s vice president, Michael Cromartie, has been the acting director since then.

Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, who chairs the Center’s Board, said, “Hillel Fradkin is wonderfully well prepared to assume responsibility of the Center. The multiplicity of Hillel’s interests and achievements makes him ideally suited to carry on the collaborative and ecumenical work of the Center.”

Dr. Fradkin brings to the position both broad experience in public policy and academic expertise. A student of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish thought, he has written on these ethical traditions and taught these subjects at the University of Chicago, Barnard College, and Yale University. Having been vice president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for ten years (1988-98), he is well acquainted with current public policy debates and well versed in executive skills. He has also served on the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College (1993-2000), the National Council of the Humanities (1988-94), and the National Advisory Board on International Education (1988-90). From 1969 to 1972 he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Fradkin holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Islamic and Jewish political thought from the University of Chicago. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Abigail and Rebecca.

The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues.

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